Millwall vs. Wigan Athletic  0 - 2



Martinez: Violence soured Wigan win

14 April 2013 02:29

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez conceded that fan violence marred his side's FA Cup semi-final win over Millwall on Saturday.

Fighting broke out between Millwall fans during the match at Wembley, before Wigan went on to seal their place in the final after defeating the Championship side 2-0.

The Football Association have confirmed their intention to serve banning orders to all guilty parties involved, while police have announced that 10 arrests were made.

Fighting was solely restricted to the Millwall section of support, with many fans forced to flee for safety.

Martinez was quick to underline his side's impressive display in London, but admitted that the club's qualification to a maiden FA Cup final was soured by the incidents.

"It's a magnificent achievement, and it's a major statement too. (The players) have had a lot of derogatory comments, but they were incredible from start to finish," Martinez said.

On the violence, the Spaniard commented: "I didn't see it, but I heard there was a little bit of an incident.

"It's a shame, because the whole event was impeccable for both clubs.

"You don't want to see that in a football game. Normally it's a minority who leave a bad taste on what was a great semi-final."

Millwall counterpart Kenny Jackett was reluctant to comment on the rancour in the stands.

"I didn't see any fighting during the game, I wasn't aware of any problems," Jackett told reporters.

"I haven’t seen any TV footage, so I’ll have to examine the facts before I can form an opinion on it.

"It's not part of the game now and it never has been, but it's not something I can sum up right away to form my own opinion. I'm sure the evidence is there.

"We've worked very hard to do everything we possibly can to try to be trouble free, and we've had many high-profile games recently which have been absolutely fine."


FA Cup: Millwall 0 Wigan 2

13 April 2013 20:45

Wigan Athletic produced an assured performance at Wembley to reach their first FA Cup final courtesy of a 2-0 semi-final victory on Saturday.

Shaun Maloney gave Wigan a deserved lead mid-way through the first half after sliding in to convert a curling cross from Arouna Kone.

And despite a spirited second-half showing from Championship side Millwall, Callum McManaman doubled their lead to seal the result after 78 minutes.

Andy Keogh got the ball rolling inside the first minute, rising above Antolin Alcaraz to direct a glancing header at Ali Al-Habsi's goal.

McManaman was next to come close as the Wigan forward stung the palms of David Forde from range.

But there was nothing Forde could do to stop Maloney 20 minutes later as the Scotland international reacted superbly to a pinpoint cross from Kone to give his side into the lead.

The Ivorian was sensational in the build-up, picking the ball up inside the Millwall half and surging forward to pick his teammate out with supreme precision. Maloney was on the stretch inside the danger area but produced a fine finish to give Wigan the lead they deserved.

Minutes later, Scharner drew the Millwall keeper into action once again and the signs were worrying for the Championship side.

The Lions kept things tight until the break, however, despite Jordi Gomez coming close late in the half and Wigan enjoying a remarkable 72% of possession in spells.

More was needed from Kenny Jackett's side as a squad bereft of form looked overwhelmed by the occasion and offered very little going forward.

But no immediate improvement came forth and, instead, Wigan continued to press.

McManaman threatened once more on the 50-minute mark, cutting in from the left and curling an effort just past the far post.

Millwall enjoyed their best chance on 58 minutes, though, as Chris Taylor burst forward only to be brought down just outside the Wigan danger area. James – usually a reliable set-piece taker – stepped up to the ball and curled the ensuing free kick just over the bar.

Then, Alan Dunne sent a dangerous low cross into the area and Keogh was denied by a last-ditch tackle.

But on 78 minutes, Wigan made sure – and who else but McManaman to do it. Kone started the move off once again but it was Gomes who slid an incisive pass through to the 21-year-old, who rounded the keeper to finish off in style.

Martinez's men had completed the job – and a day of destiny now awaits them at Wembley.

Championship table

# Team MP D P
5 44 +20 72
6 44 +19 71
7 44 +12 69
8 44 +12 68
9 44 +9 67

League One table

# Team MP D P
1 44 +59 94
2 44 +42 93
3 44 +22 86
4 44 +20 76
5 44 +7 68
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