Saturday EPL Rewind: Wigan wins FA Cup, Lampard nets historic double in win, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

Wigan Athletic came into Saturday’s FA Cup Final as an overwhelming underdog that few gave a chance to test, let alone beat mighty Manchester City.

The Latics had other ideas, and didn’t just come to play, they went to Wembley to win.

Wigan won their first FA Cup title in team history when Ben Watson headed home a Shaun Maloney corner kick in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to give Wigan a 1-0 victory.

The late victory capped an inspired performance from a Wigan side that was the better side for most of the day. Manchester City never did take control of the match as they were expected to, and Wigan continued to pile on the pressure on the second half, with Callum McManaman’s speed causing problems for the City defense all day.

City nearly opened the scoring mid-way through the first half when Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles made an outstanding kick save to deny a Carlos Tevez chance. City tested Robles on a handful of occasions, but Robles made every save he needed to make.

Former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza turned in a solid performance in the victory for Wigan, and captured an FA Cup winner’s medal just eight months after winning a U.S. Open Cup title with Sporting KC.

Here are some other news items from the English Premier League on Saturday:

LAMPARD DOUBLE LIFTS CHELSEA PAST ASTON VILLA

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was playing the role of hero mid-way through Villa’s showdown vs. Chelsea, having scored the goal to give the Villans a lead while Ramires’ red card had the Blues down a man.

Then Benteke drew a red card of his own, opening the door for Frank Lampard to steal the show.

Lampard scored two goals to help Chelsea pull off the comeback in a 2-1 victory at Villa Park. The two goals helped Lampard break the Chelsea career goal-scoring record held by Bobby Tambling.

RUMORS FLY AS PELLEGRINI LINKED TO CITY JOB

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had to cope with the FA Cup Final loss while also battling rampant rumors that he is set to be replaced as Man City boss by Malaga manager Mauricio Pellegrini.

Spanish publication AS reported that Pellegrini was closing in on a deal to replace Mancini, something Mancini insisted was false a after his team’s FA Cup loss.

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What did you think of the FA Cup Final? Impressed with Espinoza? See the Latics beating Arsenal on Tuesday? Surprised how poorly Manchester City played? Hoping Lampard comes to MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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7 Responses to Saturday EPL Rewind: Wigan wins FA Cup, Lampard nets historic double in win, and more

  1. Old School says:

    City may be the most boring “big” club I’ve ever seen. Glad they lost.

    On a positive note, really happy for Roberto Martinez. That guy is awesome and I can’t wait to see him with a bigger club, whether it’s this year or in the near future.

  2. Nick says:

    Great performance by Espinoza, too bad he will be in the Championship next season.

    • timmytwoshoezzz says:

      I wouldn’t count out Wigan just yet, they might have something for Arsenal at midweek. Arsenal are really fragile on the counter…

  3. Falls City Outlaw says:

    Yes, never count Wigan out. That said, even if they do make the drop, they out of all clubs in the PL, are best equipped financially to do so. They don’t pay players gonzo salaries and they have a good academy. If they go down, they will yo-yo right back up, like Newcastle and West Ham did.

  4. Eli says:

    Is Espinoza the first player to win both the Open Cup & the FA Cup? Anyone know?

    • Ives Galarcep says:

      Freddy Ljungberg won both (Arsenal and Seattle). There might be others, but none that anyone has identified.

  5. SD says:

    I always thought that Malaga’s coach was Manuel Pellegrini. Did I miss something?