Roberto Martinez hails Wigan men after FA Cup victory over Man City
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez believes winning the FA Cup is an “incredible moment” for his side. It certainly is, since Roberto Martinez and Co. managed to defeat the star-struck Manchester City side 1-0 at Wembley on Saturday.
Ben Watson, a man who has seen little action over the last couple of years, arrived from the bench to prove himself as the 11th hour Samaritan for Wigan Athletic. The Latics hero headed the ball into the back of the net during injury-time from a corner to seal Wigan Athletics victory.
The victory was a thoroughly deserved triumph for the underdogs, who are at the brink of relegation in the Premier League. Wigan Athletic got off to a shaky start, but they gained the momentum and nearly acquired a lead after half-time.
“It's an incredible moment. At half-time, we were all really down as we thought we had played really well in the first half,” Roberto Martinez told ITV. “There was a real feeling of maybe we had wasted our opportunity, but this group of players keep on fighting.
“I was thinking about extra-time and how to use the extra man advantage [after the sending off of defender Pablo Zabaleta for a second bookable offence].
“It was incredible seeing the goal going in. When you are a football club, you dream of playing at Wembley, and today we saw the underdogs play with incredible bravery, incredible belief and they defied the odds again. That's the FA Cup.”
The man of the match turned out to be Callum McManaman. The young English winger received a special praise from Roberto Martinez, who hailed him as a “diamond”.
“Actions speak louder than words. His display was outstanding,” Roberto Martinez said. “I think he's a real diamond of English football.”
Roberto Martinez urged his men to continue fighting for Premier League survival. Wigan Athletic are currently positioned 18th on the table, but are capable of coming out of the relegation zone since they four points away from 17th placed Sunderland and have an extra game in hand. Wigan Athletic have to play against Arsenal at the Emirates before returning home to host Aston Villa in the season finale.
“We are going to get an incredible fight, incredible desire, to get the six points we've got left,” Roberto Martinez added. “But today is about today, today is about the FA Cup, today is about the victory and the trophy that we've won for Wigan Athletic. What an incredible story.”