Wigan Athletic pulled off the unthinkable at Wembley yesterday, after beating former Premier League Champions Manchester City 1-0 thanks to a stoppage time winner from midfielder Ben Watson.
After all the off-field speculation regarding Roberto Mancini’s imminent sacking throughout the week, it appeared this uncertainty rubbed off on his players, who were second best for the whole afternoon.
Roberto Martinez’ side were on the front foot from the off, and his fearless tactics gave the Manchester City fullbacks a torrid afternoon.
Man of the match Callum McManaman was the key talking point of the final, and nearly gave The Latics the lead in the first half when he darted through the middle of pitch, before weaving past Joe Hart and the Manchester City defence before seeing his shot blocked.
City responded later in the half where a great chance for Carlos Tevez ended up hitting the foot of Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles before spinning up anxiously over the crossbar for a corner.
The second half was all Wigan once again, and had it of not been for a fantastic block from City skipper Vincent Kompany, Callum McManaman would have opened the scoring after weaving past Gael Clichy and Nastastic, before seeing his shot wonderfull blocked by the Belgian.
Pablo Zabaleta was given his marching orders after being second to the ball with McManaman after a torrid crossfield pass from Gareth Barry. The Argentine was furious with the sending off, although his anger was directed at his team mates rather than the referee.
This left the Latics will ten minutes to find a winner, and went close to getting it when Shaun Maloney’s deft cross beat Joe Hart and came off the top stanction of the City goal.
Time was running out, and substitute Ben Watson who came on for Jordi Gomez, wrote his name in Wigan Athletic history, when his header from a Shaun Maloney corner in the 91st minute, beat Joe Hart at his far post, and sent the Latics supporters into pandemonium.
City had run out of time and answers, and aside from a couple of high balls into the box in the final few seconds, the final whistle went, and Wigan deservedly produced the unthinkable and won their first ever major trophy.