Wigan boss predicts "tremendous" semi-final with Millwall

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© Alan Edwards

WIGAN Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is relishing his side's FA Cup semi-final against Millwall – describing the Wembley clash as a "special" occasion for both clubs.

Martinez watched from the stands at Ewood Park as the Lions edged past Blackburn Rovers in their quarter-final replay on Wednesday and is expecting a tough game on April 13.

"Their win was well-deserved," Martinez told his club's official site. "They looked solid and very well organised against Blackburn, as you would expect from a Kenny Jackett side.



"They have strong unity, they are full of energy and have a really confident outlook. I've managed to see them a couple of times this season and they are always competitive.

"They can adapt to what is needed and are flexible tactically – they are not rigid in the way that they play. It's going to be a tremendous game."

Danny Shittu, who scored the winner against Blackburn, believes Millwall have secured the kindest possible draw against Wigan and Martinez admits both sides will be confident of reaching the final.



"In many ways I am sure they are delighted to be facing us," he said. "From our point of view, it is a unique opportunity to go to Wembley and enjoy a semi-final.

"It's a great game to look forward to because there are a lot of ingredients for a special afternoon. But our focus right now is the league because our form needs to be as good as it can be."

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10 thoughts on “Wigan boss predicts "tremendous" semi-final with Millwall

  • March 15, 2013 at 18:16
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    I also think there is some history between Martinez and Jackett when they were both at Swansea so Kenny might also see this as an opportunity for payback time

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  • March 15, 2013 at 18:47
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    Millwall's gonna getcha

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  • March 15, 2013 at 20:20
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    Need to play our game and get into em from the off don't let em settle on the ball and play, if we do that we will be in the final COYL

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  • March 15, 2013 at 22:55
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    Who gives a s*** what Martinez says ?
    There's going to be a lot of verbal exchanges going on in the media between now and the semi and it won't change a thing. Pleasantries or otherwise. They're a premiership team but if it was a foregone conclusion he'd be saying the owner is going to walk them out in the final. He's worried about us make no mistake. Not over a season but one game for sure.
    So what if they won 3-0 last game. Blackburn beat Arsenal.
    Millwall vs Chelsea in the final.

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  • March 16, 2013 at 00:10
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    I like Martinez, he don't talk s*** like most of em. All the big talk from John whelan about dreaming Wigan Blackburn at wembley that was cause playing millwall is a nightmare for him, we owe them big time and he knows it, they beat us twice that season and I honestly believe they would not be where they are today if those results against us didnt go their way. They had to beat us more than we them, but now it's our turn and it's the draw they did not want. They will definately know they've been in a game when we play. I'm more worried about winning our games in hand over the teams around us in the league to be honest. Very confident about this one.

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  • March 16, 2013 at 05:50
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    We really can't expect to beat Wigan, on their day they are a much better team than us, look at their 1st half vs Wigan, they played like f***** real Madrid there was some quality football, we just have to hope "their day" isn't when we play them, I think the longer we can keep it 0-0 their bottle will go and they will get nervous, we thrive on being the underdog and I think we can beat them.

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    • March 16, 2013 at 09:28
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      Yeah, they're not the same team we played a few years ago and he's a good manager. I know we're not the same team and we also have a good manager but I think they will give it their all for a Wembley final because I think they will be playing us again next season. Still, we are playing better away just lately, so here's to today and a win and here's to Wembley and and a win - it's a one-off game so anything could happen.

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  • March 16, 2013 at 21:35
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    Wigan can be very good and very bad in equal measures. If they're at their best it will be difficult for the Lions to win. However if we can improve with each game before the semi I fancy us to run 'em close. Extra time and penalties anyone? (or is it a replay?)
    COYL

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