For Part 2 of our Preview In Quotes here is a round up of all the talk from Wigan before tomorrow’s FA Cup Final. Roberto Martinez, James McArthur, Paul Scharner and Gary Caldwell all preview the game.
We’re not here to make up the numbers. We want to enjoy the day and the achievement of getting here, but the moment the whistle goes it’s a game that we want to win. Playing at Wembley Stadium is a special moment for any football club, so it’s a great day for Wigan Athletic to be back here again and we must savour our first appearance in an FA Cup Final.
Being in The FA Cup Final is a tremendous achievement but the next step is winning it. Finals are only remembered fondly by the winners. We’ve already celebrated getting to The Final, and qualifying for Europe, but we’ll only enjoy it if we get a positive result.
It will be no different for Manchester City. I have huge respect for Roberto Mancini and his team, and what they achieved two seasons ago by winning The FA Cup and then followed up last year by winning the Premier League. It’s not easy to break into the title chasers in this country, so they deserve great credit, especially the manager. There are great times ahead for Roberto and Manchester City but I believe that if we play as well as we are capable of, we can give anyone a good game.
We’ve done it all season. It’s been a really good distraction for us. We’ve built momentum from the FA Cup and hopefully we can do it again. We want to win the cup and we want to stay up. It’s three massive games and we feel we can go and do the club justice and try to win the FA Cup first. There isn’t any reason we can’t win all three. We’re a good side, we can beat anyone on our day, we’ve proved that. We obviously need to stop conceding so many goals to have a chance because Manchester City are a very good side.
But we’re confident we can go into the match and influence our style of play and try to get the win. We know it’s a big occasion but it’s just another match. We’ve played against Manchester City this season, we’ve not beaten them but away from home I thought we were sensational. It was one of our best performances of the season and we narrowly lost. So hopefully we can put that performance in with a better result.
It’s always good to be an underdog. Staying up as well, everyone expects us to go down, which we like. We like to try to prove people wrong, and hopefully we can do it this year again.
As a kid you never really think you’re going to be playing in the FA Cup final. It’s a brilliant cup, it’s one of the most famous cups out there. There’s millions of people watching it all over the world. As a kid I was one of them. All the way through I’ve watched the FA Cup final so to play in one will be excellent. Being from Scotland, Hampden was the major final. As a kid watching Rangers and Celtic finals was always excellent. That was the real dream. You never really think you’re going to be in England but I’m here now and I’m looking forward to the match.
Manchester City need to win because it’s their only chance to get some silverware. After the last game against Manchester City, we can be very confident of getting something out of the game.
The final is a one-off game and it’s a completely different pressure. The main thing is to be confident and to get rid of the respect. The main enemy for a footballer when you play a game is to have too much respect for your opponents, just because they are Manchester City and they have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on players in the last few years.
The Premier League and FA Cup are two different things. But winning the FA Cup would give us the confidence and belief that anything would be possible in the last two games. It is a bit bizarre that the last two league games are more important than the FA Cup final, and no-one would deny that. But I think we have managed the situation well this year, where we have switched off from the league and gone to the FA Cup.
At the moment we have 100 percent focus on winning the FA Cup. Come Sunday, after the final we can regroup and focus on our goal of staying in the Premier League. We know what it takes to stay up. There are going to be ups and downs. But thankfully it’s not over and we have two games to survive in this league again.
We can switch off from the league and really enjoy the build-up to the final. It’s something you dream of as a kid, playing at Wembley in a major final. I remember watching the game as a kid. I remember getting up with my whole family. Back in the day it was a day-long build-up. I’ve played in three cup finals now – two for Celtic and one for Hibernian – but Wembley will be particularly special. To win the FA Cup for this club would be a fantastic story.
We have to be on our guard because we know the threat they have going forward with players like Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez. Defensively we need to be a lot better than we have been recently. We need to improve our defending all over the park. But I think we can cause Manchester City problems. I think they will agree that in the two league games (against City) we did that.
At the Etihad (where Wigan lost 1-0 in April) we were the better team on the night and deserved to win the game. Over the 90 minutes we showed we can cause them problems. We must concentrate fully on Saturday. We want to get a result against a great team. But I think we can still play with a real freedom.
Compiled by Robert Toole