Wigan owner Whelan hails 'fantastic' FA Cup win

The long-standing Latics chairman declared it a dream come true, admitting it was perfect repayment for his own final disappointment back in 1960 when he broke his leg
Wigan owner Dave Whelan has hailed the Latics' 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester City as "fantastic", admitting that the victory was "a dream come true".

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Wigan triumphed courtesy of a stoppage-time header from Ben Watson after Pablo Zabaleta's late dismissal had given Roberto Martinez's team the impetus in the latter stages of the second half.

The Latics' owner was delighted with his club's efforts, declaring that the victory served as late "repayment" for his own FA Cup final disappointment in 1960, where he broke his leg in Blackburn's 3-0 loss to Wolves.

"[It was] fantastic! I had a dream I didn't publicise, that, after we beat Everton, we'd get Blackburn in the final. But Blackburn lost and then Manchester City [were] in the final and [we'd] win 1-0," he told ESPN.

"The dream has come true and it's repayment from 1960 where I broke my leg and we lost the match. Great repayment."

The 76-year-old was also eager to highlight that Wigan's performance against Manchester City warranted the victory and believes the FA Cup win will boost the side heading into their last two league games of the season.

"[Manchester] City are so good on the break and they play good football, but I thought we had a clear penalty and should have been one up at half time," he continued.

"However, [it was] a brilliant goal, it's a fitting reward. This is going to lift the lads so much."