STORY OF THE ROUND
Manchester City, runners-up in the Premier League, were the overwhelming favourites to win their second FA Cup in the space of three years against a Wigan team languishing in the relegation zone. But it was Roberto Martinez's Latics who clearly wanted it more, chasing down every ball in the pouring Wembley rain. City's task was made all the harder when Pablo Zabaleta was shown a second yellow card in the 84th minute and as the clock ticked over into the 91st minute Ben Watson headed home the winner. Wigan were relegated four days later - the first team to ever lift the Cup and be relegated in the same season.
Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) It was the goal which completed the fairytale as Wigan found the back of the net at the perfect moment - injury time at the end of the match with no chance of a response from City. Watson lost his marker with a run to the near post to head home Shaun Maloney's corner high into the net and send the Wigan fans at that end of the ground into raptures.
Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) It has been a headline-grabbing two months for the 22-year-old Wigan winger. From the horror tackle on Newastle's Massadio Haidara to some electrifying performances which have lit up the FA Cup, McManaman terrorised City with his relentless direct running off the flanks. This man of the match performance earned him a call-up into the England Under-21 squad for the European Championship.
Wigan overcame the odds to defeat Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley, with Ben Watson's goal the difference. Gallery >>
|Saturday, 11 May 2013|
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