JAMES McArthur says Wigan Athletic will be going all-out to deliver Wembley glory for the club’s supporters.
Latics have come under fire this week for returning a small number of Wembley tickets, but boss Roberto Martinez yesterday spoke of his immense pride in the passion and loyalty of the club’s fans.
And McArthur says the incentive of securing a return trip to Wembley for the final next month will give the side all the motivation to see off Millwall tomorrow afternoon.
“My message to the fans is just go there and sing your hearts out, hopefully we’ll give them a good show and they can push us on to get the win,” McArthur told the Evening Post.
“We’re all feeling very good. All of us are looking forward to the match, and we know it’s a big occasion for the club.
“Staying in the Premier League is obviously our number one target, but this is a welcome distraction, and we go in feeling confident we can get a result.”
Latics will go in as hot favourites to see off the Lions and set up a final clash with either Chelsea or Manchester City.
But McArthur says that is of no relevance to the Wigan players on the day.
“The difference in the divisions doesn’t count – Millwall go into it looking for the same outcome as us,” he added.
“Like ourselves, they are in good form, but we’ll be prepared to match them at every level and get the victory.”
Boss Roberto Martinez also rejects the theory his side may be burdened by the weight of expectancy tomorrow evening.
“I don’t see it in those kind of black-and-white terms,” Martinez insisted.
“Probably if we would be playing at home, the Premier League team would have to take on the favourites’ tag.
“But when you go away from home or to a neutral venue, I don’t think there are any favourites at all.
“We are a team who know what we want, we know how we want to play, but we are also well aware of the quality that this Millwall team possesses.
“I don’t see a favourite in this tie, and I think over the years you learn that in cup-ties there are never favourites.
“We need to use of our experience and our know-how so we are at our best, and we don’t allow the occasion to affect us too much at all.”