Wigan in last-minute FA Cup win
Substitute Ben Watson scored in the 91st minute to win the FA Cup for Wigan Sunday morning, over a heavily favoured Manchester City.
- Published: 12/05/2013 at 01:11 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Wigan Athletic's Ben Watson, center, celebrates his goal against Manchester City with teammates during their English FA Cup final Sunday morning. (AP Photo)
"Unbelievable," said Watson immediately after the game. "To come on and score the winner in the FA Cup final is a dream."
Shaun Maloney swept in a corner at a sodden national stadium and Watson - back in action after several months out with a broken shinbone - leaped to power a header into the net. Goalkeeper Joe Hart had no chance.
The victory was a triumph for manager Roberto Martinez and a team that never took a backward step.
It was the biggest upset since Wimbledon's "crazy gang" upset Liverpool 1-0 in 1988.
Watson came off the bench to hand Wigan a thoroughly deserved win over the multi-millionaire stars of City.
Manchester City delivered a desperate performance and end the season empty-handed.
City looked disjointed for large spells of the match, as Wigan carried off their first FA Cup success in a first appearance in an FA Cup final.
Callum McManaman went close for Wigan in the first half, while Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez threatened for City.
Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a challenge on McManaman before Watson secured Wigan's first major trophy.
The Latics now have two games to save their Premier League status. No team has won the FA Cup and been relegated in the same season. Wigan first face Arsenal at 1:45am Wednesday morning, Thailand time.
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