Cup heroics can inspire survival Rob targets Prem safety after shock Wembley victory
ROBERTO MARTINEZ saw his Wigan heroes defy the odds to win the FA Cup and roared: Now let’s stay up.
The Latics stunned 10-man Manchester City 1-0 to lift the famous trophy at Wembley, thanks to a late goal from sub Ben Watson.
But despite their amazing cup achievement, the club face a real battle to preserve their Premier League status.
They are three points from safety with two games to play, but mastermind Martinez believes his side’s shock cup victory can inspire them to pull off the great escape.
He said: “We are going to get an incredible fight, incredible desire, to get the six points we’ve got left.
“But today is about today, today is about the FA Cup, today is about the victory and the trophy that we’ve won for Wigan Athletic. What an incredible story.”
Martinez hailed his side’s battling spirit as they pulled off the biggest cup upset for a quarter of a century.
He added: “It’s an incredible moment. At half-time we were all really down as we thought we had played really well in the first half.
“There was a real feeling of maybe we had wasted our opportunity, but this group of players keep on fighting.
“I was thinking about extra-time and how to use the extra man advantage. It was incredible seeing the goal going in.
“When you are a football club you dream of playing at Wembley, and today we saw the underdogs play with incredible bravery, incredible belief and they defied the odds again. That’s the FA Cup.”