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April 13, 2013
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 62335
S. Maloney 25'
C. McManaman 78'
That's all from me, Al Hain-Cole. I hope you enjoyed the game as much as I did, and will join us tomorrow for the second semi-final clash, which promises to be a real humdinger between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Martinez's men must now get back down to the serious business of ensuring Premier League survival, but will no doubt have a few celebrations tonight. Kenny Jackett can be proud of his team, who did not embarrass themselves by any means.
The Wigan fans who did make the trip down to the capital are loving every minute of this, while unfortunately their opposite numbers will be faced with some unfavourable headlines in the morning after a few ugly scenes. That should not be allowed to overshadow a fantastic achievement by the Latics, who have come so far under the ownership of Dave Whelan.
In the end it was just a step too far for Millwall, who fought gamely but looked out-classed for large portions of the match. Kone, Maloney, Gomez and Mcmanaman in particular boasted just too much quality for the Championship side.
And it's all over! Wigan have made it through to their first ever FA Cup final.
90' + 3'
Yellow CardShane Lowry
90' + 1'
Wigan look set to see this game out now, as they dominate possession for the last few minutes. It has been a very professional performance from Martinez's men today.
And it's really kicking off in the stands now, with the police being compelled to forcefully fight back some of the less palatable element of the Millwall support. What a shame that their big day will be tarnished by such stupidity, which will do nothing to help their unsavoury reputation.
On the pitch though, Kone goes close ater cutting inside to see his low shot well blocked by the legs of Forde.
There appear to be some unsightly scenes in the stands, as Millwall fans clash with the police and even each other.
The wind seems to momentarily have gone out of the Millwall sails, as Wigan pass the ball around comfortably.
Mcmanaman looks like he could run all day, as he chases a heavy touch to slide in on the Millwall defender.
Millwall are giving it their all now, throwing everything they have into the penalty area. Al-Habsi has made a couple of important punches under pressure, and he will surely be busy for the next 10 minutes.
That goal came shortly after Millwall went close at the other end, with St Ledger having a header cleared off the line from a corner.
GOAL!!! That would appear to be it, as Mcmanaman scores his third FA Cup goal of the season after being played in by Gomez. The youngster takes the ball calmly around Forde and slots it into the empty net.
The game is opening up nicely as we enter the final quarter of an hour. Millwall are committing more bodies forward. leaving space for the likes of Mcmanaman and Kone to run into.
Gomez with another chance, striking the ball into the side netting from a tight angle after being played in by Mcmanaman on the left.
That penalty appeal did indeed have some merit to it, as the ball struck Scharner's hand. However, the Austrian had his arms by his side and was not intending to make any contact.
A couple of half-chances in quick succession for Wigan, who break quickly on the space now being left behind by the advancing Millwall side. First Gomez has a shot blocked after being set up by Kone, then the Ivorian is left frustrated as Mcmanaman fails to pick him out with a cut back.
Milwall appeal for a penalty, insisting that there was a hand ball in the box. The refereee ius unmoved, however.
Keogh almost bursts through a gap in the Wigan defence, but is eventually crowded out. He had support there, and Millwall are certainly making a game of this.
And Kenny Jackett has made a change, bringing on Rob Hulse. The striker has one FA Cup goal to his name this season, against Luton in the fifth round.
The Lions are looking more threatening all of a sudden, and another corner is fired into a crowded penalty area. Shittu meets it once again, but it is blocked by Boyce.
And just like London buses, another Millwall chance comes along. Beevers meets a cross from the left, but his header is deflected down onto the floor and over the bar. Shittu meets the corner with a header but it goes over.
Chance for Millwall, as Alan Dunne races into some space vacated by the substituted Beausejour on the right to send in a tantalising low cross. Keogh is there, but it is blocked by the Wigan defence.
Wigan make the first change, bringing on James McArthur to cause everyone confusion by playing alongside James McCarthy in the centre of midfield.
James Henry does not take advantage though, lofting the ball over the bar.
Excellent run by Taylor, who cuts in from the left wing to run across the Wigan penalty area. He is brought down by Boyce on the edge of the box, for a dangerous free kick.
Wigan have not really come out with as much verve as they displayed at times in the opening period, although the onus is obviously on Millwall at the moment.
... but Gomez's cross is easily punched clear by Forde.
Free kick in a dangerous position for Wigan...
Keogh gets in behind and thinks he has won a corner. He is horrified to see the referee point for a goal kick, although the ball clearly came off the Milwall striker.
Again Mcmanaman sees space in front of him and does not hesitate to run into it. His touch is heavy, however, and the defender sends it back to the keeper.
Excellent play by Mcmanaman, who goes to the byline again before jinking inside. Kone is shouting for the ball, but the winger goes himself and blazes over the bar. He has looked lively all match.
The Millwall fans are the quietest they have been all afternoon - a mark of Wigan's control of the game.
Mcmanaman drives characteristically to the byline, but his cross is deflected into the arms of Forde.
That may change though, as Sean St Ledger immediately requires attention after seeming to hurt his ankle in a sliding challenge.
And we're back underway, with no changes made by either side.
As it stands, the Latics are good to reach their first ever FA Cup final, where they would face a very different test against Manchester City or Chelsea. There are still 45 minutes for Millwall to get back into the game though. What can they do?
Roberto Martinez will be very happy with his side's display, as they are showing no sign of nerves in the face of a potential cup upset. Shaun Maloney has given the opposition defence a torrid time with his clever movement, while Arouna Kone is proving a real handful.
The Lions do have some attacking options available on the bench, in the form of Liam Trotter, Nathan Tyson and the veteran Rob Hulse. They may want to make a change, as the only way they look like scoring is from a set piece at the moment. They will be kicking towards their own fans in the second half, and may need to be more adventurous if they are to give them anyhting to cheer about.
Kenny Jackett obviously set his side out to frustrate Wigan, but is has not really worked so far. The crowded midfield has gamefully chased their Premier League opponents all over the pitch, but have been unable to restrict them from finding space in and around the area. The longer it goes on like this, the more difficult you feel it will be for the underdogs.
And the whistle is blown just as Millwall appear to have won a corner. The Lions will need to regroup at the break, as their manager has a lot to think about.
Keogh is sent through by Taylor, but his run sends him wide and the cross from the right is cleared by Wigan. There weren't many options for Keogh there.
Good save by Forde! Kone holds the ball up patiently before pulling it back to Gomez on the edge of the box, who runs onto the ball and strikes it towards the far corner. Forde gets across well to push it away from goal.
More nice linkup play between Gomez, Beausejour and Kone, before the Ivorian picks out Mcmanaman on the edge of the box. The youngster is under pressure, but still manages to get his shot away, although it is high and wide.
The ball just keeps on coming back at Millwall, who are struggling to get on the ball.
Kone is cynically brought down as Wigan look to break from a Millwall corner. Referee Michael Oliver does not produce a yellow card though.
Dangerous ball into the box from Taylor, and Emmerson Boyce is forced to hack the ball clear under pressure from Keogh.
Wigan certainly seem to be enjoying their break from fighting against Premier League relegation, and are making the most of their trip to Wembley. Martinez's men look in control at the moment, with Millwall's five-man midfield having to work hard to close them down.
Forde has to come off his line quickly to cut out a long ball over the top to Beausejour. The Irish international could be in for a busy afternoon.
Millwall have their first corner of the game, and there is a lot of hustle and bustle going on inside the box. Chris Taylor meets the ball with a header but it is cleared by Beausejour. Set pieces will surely be key for Jackett's men this game.
Wigan are looking very much in command, as Scharner meets a loose ball in the box to get a shot away under pressure that is saved comfortably by Forde.
Amazingly, that is just the second goal that Millwall have conceded in the cup this season, and they will have to come out and play now. The Lions have been chasing shadows for the last few minutes.
GOAL!!! Maloney finds an inordinate amount of space at the far post and is beautifully picked out by Kone. The Scotsman shows greta composure to side-foot the ball home for the opener.
A string of Wigan passes eventually results in a free-kick for a push on Jean Beausejour. The ball is whipped into the box by Maloney, but claimed well by Forde.
Yellow CardSean St Ledger
Almost a chance for Milwall, as a ball is looped into the penalty area for Keogh to chase. Al-Habsi comes out to pu nch the ball clear, under pressure from the Irishman.
The rain is tipping down here, but not doing anything to dampen the spirits of the crowd, who continue to provide a good atmosphere.
The Latics are starting to look more at home, demonstrating more control in possession. They are almost in trouble though, as Paul Scharner plays a ball straight to Andy Keogh under pressure, and the striker appears to be clean through on goal. The referee blows for a foul on the Austrian though, which looked very generous.
A lovely passage of passing from Wigan ends in a shot by Mcmanaman from the edge of the box, which is struck powerfully but tipped behind by Forde.
The corner is pulled back to Maloney on the edge of the box but his shot is blocked.
Chance for Arouna Kone! The Ivorian is played in by Mcmanaman, but Beevers shows a good turn of pace to get back and make a challenge. The ball breaks towards goal but is saved well by Forde.
Callum Mcmanaman, who really made an impression in the last round against Everton, has started brightly, as has Shaun Maloney. Millwall will do well to deal with those tricky customers.
Danny Shittu, the match-winner against Blackburn in the quarter-final, lines up a free-kick from all of 35 yards which sails over the bar. Millwall are looking positive though.
Slightly tentative stuff, as you may expect, given the occasion.
There is a wall of sound emanating from the Millwall fans, who are making this game feel like a home game for the Championship side.
Almost a chance for Wigan, as Jordi Gomez finds a bit of space on the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked by Beevers.
Wigan have got the game underway.
Funnily enough, Millwall may feel more comfortable at England's home of football, having played here three times in the last five years, while this is Wigan's first appearance at Wembley since their League Cup defeat to Manchester United in 2006.
The teams are making their way onto the pitch, to be greeted by a huge cheer from the Wembley crowd. Wigan of course have famously failed to sell out their share of tickets, but the Millwall end is full to the rafters and making a great noise.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa, McManaman, McCarthy, Maloney, Beausejour, Gomez, Kone. Subs: Robles, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Espinoza, Stam.
Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Abdou, J. Smith, St Ledger, Henry, Keogh, C. Taylor. Subs: M. Taylor, A. Smith, Osborne, Trotter, Batt, Hulse, Tyson.
Hello, and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan and Millwall at Wembley. I'm Al Hain-Cole and I'll be guiding you through what I hope will be a classic cup encounter.
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