FA Cup — 12 May 2013

Wigan's Ben Watson celebrates his winning goal in their 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Manchester CityWigan pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the history of the FA Cup final yesterday by defeating oil-rich Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley.

The Latics outran and at times outplayed their more illustrious opponents to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

Wigan’s on-loan keeper Joel Robles was outstanding in the first half and denied City on a number of occasions. Joel denied efforts from Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri.

The best of the saves however came from Carlos Tevez, as the young Spaniard stuck out a foot to send the ball over the bar Argentinians effort over the bar.

The Latics had their own chances though with outstanding youngster Callum McManaman at the heart of everything good about Wigan’s play. The youngsters’ best moment came when he turned the City defence and curled an effort wide of the post, when he probably should have hit the effort first time.

McManaman was denied in the second half by a superb tackle by Pablo Zabaleta when well-placed. Wigan came close to taking the lead soon afterwards, when Shaun Maloney attempted to cross the ball, only for it to clip the bar.

City were reduced to ten men with six minutes remaining on the clock, Zabaleta shown a second yellow card for bringing down McManaman when the youngster was running at full-tilt. The Argentine became only the third player after Kevin Moran and Jose Antonio Reyes to be dismissed in an FA Cup final.

The deserved winning goal came early in stoppage-time. Shaun Maloney’s corner was glanced past Joe Hart superbly by substitute Ben Watson. City flung everything they had at Wigan in stoppage-time, but could not find the equaliser.

The win will go down as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the FA Cup, but the victory was a fully deserved one. Wigan can now concentrate on preserving their Premier League and after this victory; they will believe anything is possible.

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