Roberto Martinez revels in 'outstanding performance' from Wigan Athletic
Saturday 09 March 2013
Callum McManaman described Wigan's 3-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals as "a dream come true" after scoring against his boyhood club at Goodison Park.
The Latics reached the last four of the FA Cup for the first time in their history as they stunned the Toffees with three goals in four first-half minutes.
Maynor Figueroa headed home the opener on the half-hour before McManaman seized on an error by Phil Neville to double their advantage.
Jordi Gomez completed the scoring by calmly slotting a lovely finish beyond Jan Mucha from Arouna Kone's pass.
McManaman, who came through Everton's youth system, told ITV1: "It is a dream come true, I am made up to get through, I am just over the moon.
"I can't really remember my goal I am just made up it went in, it is unbelievable and it will be a dream to play at Wembley."
Team-mate Gomez hopes the win can be a springboard to help Wigan finish the Barclays Premier League season by avoiding relegation.
He said: "It was brilliant, it was difficult coming to this stadium but we got a brilliant result and everyone is very happy and we can enjoy this and go to Wembley.
"It will be a special occasion for the players and everyone working at the club.
"Hopefully we can enjoy it and play like we did today in the league and finish the season well."
Manager Roberto Martinez added: "It is a proud moment, the performance was outstanding, from the keeper all the way through.
"It is incredible. To come here, score three goals and keep a clean sheet is excellent."
Everton turned in arguably their worst performance of the season and the hosts were roundly booed at half-time and full-time, while some supporters even left the ground after Wigan's third goal.
But Martinez preferred to focus on his own side's display.
He said: "We deserve some credit. We stopped them being dangerous.
"They are a team with understanding and experience and an expectation from their crowd - and we handled that well.
"We knew when to keep the ball and when to go forward. We deserve credit for stopping Everton playing that fluent football they like."
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