SEAN St Ledger credited Wigan for their impressive performance after they overcame a resilient Millwall side at Wembley on Saturday.
The Latics, who had 68 per cent of possession on a large pitch at the national stadium, made their Premier League quality tell, scoring fine goals through Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman.
And while St Ledger was disappointed to see the Lions knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, he conceded that 2-0 had been a fair result.
"We probably lost to the better side – they kept the ball for the majority of the game," he said. "I have not seen the statistics but I imagine they were in their favour. They played very well.
"It was raining and the pitch was greasy so that helped their passing game – they were very slick. But the boys and the club can be very proud of how far they've got.
"Their second goal came when we were on top. It was the worst possible time to concede. We were thinking we could get a goal back and possibly go on to nick it, but they scored and that deflated us.
"The way they kept the ball made is difficult for us to get two goals back – the angles they create and the way that they move. It was difficult. At times it felt like we were chasing shadows.
"When you're 1-0 down in the second-half, you have nothing to lose so you go for it. We've had a go and that's a positive. I thought the referee gave them a lot of decisions."