Wigan Athletic 2 Millwall 0

Callum McManaman scores Latics' second goal
Callum McManaman scores Latics' second goal

GOALS by the outstanding Callum McManaman and man of the match Shaun Maloney saw Wigan into their first-ever FA Cup final at the expense of Londoners Millwall at Wembley.

Maloney volleyed in an Arouna Kone cross in the 25th minute and a second from McManaman midway through the second-half after a superb through ball from Jordi Gomez gave Wigan their glorious victory.

In a first half which saw the Latics control 70 per cent of the possession, McManaman and Gomez both brought fine saves from the Millwall keeper David Forde.

The Lions rarely threatened with Latics controlling midfield and passing the ball well.

Ali Al Habsi, returned to goal in place of Spaniard Joel Robles, was solid between the sticks but had little to do.

A purple patch for Millwall after the break was soon halted by McManaman who had terrorised the Millwall defence throughout the game - when he rounded Forde and slotted home.

Latics skipper Emmerson Boyce said after the match: “It’s a dream come true.”

Paul Scharner added: “It’s unbelieveable. We are in the FA Cup final. That’s for the chairman and the fans.”

Man of the match Maloney said: “It will probably take a couple of days to sink in. It wasn’t easy, well it didn’t seem like that out there. Millwall had a good spell of possession in the second half. The fans were excellent. They’re a good bunch and they’ll be celebrating tonight. We’re not bothered who we get in the final now.”

McManaman said: “It’s massive. I’m made up - made up for the club. We knew Millwall would come at us in the second half but we got the second goal and that was it. It’s a dream come true to play at Wembley - to score and go through is amazing.”

Roberto Martinez said: “It’s a big, big achievement and the players deserve all the credit. Today we had a real togetherness in our football. Shaun is an outstanding talent but I thought the team effort was brilliant. Callum has a real future in the game and he looked like he belonged out there.

“Our chairman will lead the team out now in the final and he will be so proud - the fans were absolutely amazing.”

The spectacle was marred by a small section of Millwall fans who clashed with police and stewards leaving some young children in tears.

Latics: Al Habsi; Scharner, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour; Maloney, Kone, McManaman.

Subs: Joel, Stam, Caldwell, Espinoza, McArthur, Henriquez, Di Santo.