Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic
The FA Cup with Budweiser
5.15pm, Saturday 11 May 2013
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Winning club receives £1.8m and runner-up £900,000
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Wigan Athletic chairman and owner Dave Whelan hailed his “dream come true” after his side stunned Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to exorcise his own personal demons.
The former Blackburn defender’s own ambitions of FA Cup success were dashed in 1960 when he broke his leg in The Final and Wolverhampton Wanderers went on to win 3-0, but Ben Watson’s late winning strike ensured Whelan had a happy return to Wembley.
Whelan said: “The dream has come true, and I’ve been repaid for 1960, when I broke my leg and we lost the match. Great repayment day today.
“I did say after we beat Everton that I thought we’d get Blackburn in The Final. But Blackburn lost, and then I said we’d get Manchester City in The Final and win 1-0.
“City are so good on the break and they play such good football. However, we scored a brilliant goal and it’s a fitting reward."
Whelan has now backed his side, who are mired in a relegation battle, to beat the drop.
He said: “We’ve now got to stay in the Premier League and we’ve done everything then.
“This is going to lift the lads so much - when you come to Wembley and play in a Cup Final, it lifts you.”
Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany (c), Gaël Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Matija Nastasic, Yaya Touré, Samir Nasri (James Milner, 55), Gareth Barry (Edin Djeko, 90+2), David Silva, Carlos Tevez (Jack Rodwell, 69), Sergio Agüero
Subs not used: Costel Pantilimon, Javi Garcia, Aleksandar Kolarov, Joleon Lescott
Manager Roberto Mancini
Cautions: Pablo Zabaleta (60 mins & 84 mins), Matija Nastasic (75 mins), Gareth Barry (87 mins)
Red card: Pablo Zabaleta (84 mins)
Joel Robles, Arouna Koné, Antolin Alcaraz, James McCarthy, Shaun Maloney, Jordi Gómez (Ben Watson 81), Callum McManaman, James McArthur, Emmerson Boyce (c), Roger Espinoza ,Paul Scharner.
Subs not used: Gary Caldwell, Franco Di Santo, Fraser Fyvie, Román Golobart, Ángelo Henríquez, Ali Al Habsi.
Manager Roberto Martinez
Goals: Ben Watson (90+1)
Cautions: Joel Robles (90+3),
Referee Andre Marriner (Birmingham FA)
Assistant Referees Stephen Child (London FA) and Simon Long (Cornwall FA)
Fourth Official Anthony Taylor (Cheshire FA)