LONDON – Wigan Athletic’s former Barbadian captain Emmerson Boyce has hailed his side’s FA Cup semi-final win over Millwall as “a dream come true”, and says they are already gearing up for the final.
The north England club beat London-based side Millwall 2-0 on Saturday at Wembley, to reach the FA Cup final for the first time in 81 years.
“It’s amazing, a dream come true for the club and the fans. People have said a lot about the fans but they were excellent …,” said the 33-year-old Boyce who has already made four appearances for Barbados.
“I want to say thank you too to the chairman (Dave Whelan). There are too many people to say thank you to. I can’t wait for the final now. The chairman has been a long time waiting for this too. The manager has been excellent. The whole team has been excellent.”
Born in England to Barbadian parents, Boyce started his professional career at Luton before moving to Crystal Palace.
Boyce, a right back who has often played in the centre defence, signed from Crystal Palace in 2006, in a four-year-deal worth one million British pounds.
While Wigan crushed fellow Premier League team Everton 3-0 in the quarter-finals, Boyce said they had been under no illusions about the size of the task facing them against Championship division Millwall.
“We always knew Millwall were going to be a tough game,” Boyce explained.
“They had good opportunities and could have scored but we showed great character. It was a professional performance and we can look forward to the final now.”
Wigan will now face Manchester City in the final, after the reigning league champions beat Chelsea 2-1 in the second semi-final.††