WONDERFUL Wigan Athletic set up a FOURTH trip to Wembley inside 12 months after a magnificent FA Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester City.
Latics repeated their victory in last season’s final - and deservedly so after a real backs-to-the-wall effort.
Jordi Gomez gave them the lead just before the half-hour mark with a coolly-taken penalty after Marc-Antoine Fortune had been tripped in the area by Martin Demichelis.
And the visitors went two goals clear at the start of the second half when James McArthur’s cross was slotted home at the far post by James Perch.
Most of the 4,000 travelling supporters behind the goal - many of them sporting Ben Watson masks - couldn’t believe what they were watching, such was the quality of the display.
Predictably, City piled on the pressure for the last half an hour, with Latics hanging on for dear life.
Samir Nasri pulled one back midway through the second period with a half-volley from 25 yards.
Latics felt hard done-by with Scott Carson - making his first appearance for three months - apparently unsighted thanks to an offside Joleon Lescott.
But Uwe Rosler’s men dug their heels in and, try as they might, City were unable to level the scores.
Edin Dzeko headed wide when it seemed easier to score.
And the big striker knew it wasn’t going to be his day when he appeared to have a tap-in from six yards, only for the outstanding Boyce to come out of nowhere to divert the ball for a corner.
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