“You would back Manchester City to beat us nine times out of ten,” Roberto Martínez told MARCA in an exclusive
interview given a few hours before Wigan contested the FA Cup final at Wembley. Not even the coach himself held out much hope of his team beating the all-powerful Citizens. But miracles do happen.
A header from substitute Ben Watson in the last minute of the match gave Wigan Athletic the most important victory in its history, causing a tremendous upset by beating the odds-on favourite, Manchester City.
Watson had come on in the 81st minute to replace the Spaniard Jordi Gómez and made himself an unexpected hero for the underdogs, who are still two Premier League games away from being the first team in history to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season.
Manchester City was reduced to ten men in the 84th minute when the Argentine Pablo Zabaleta was sent off. Spanish keeper Joel Robles was one of Wigan’s most outstanding players and made several crucial saves, in particular stopping shots from Tévez and Nasri.