From the back pages, May 12: Roberto Martinez given lift by FA Cup success

From the back pages
From the back pages

What a story. What a moment. What a fairytale for Wigan Athletic, the club who have gone from rags to riches and were determined, like Cinderella, to enjoy themselves before the clock strikes midnight and they are sent away from the big stage.

A stoppage-time goal from Ben Watson not only secured Wigan’s first FA Cup triumph but signalled the greatest moment in the history of a club that played non-league football until 1978. (The Times)

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez paid a glowing tribute to his side after they stunned Manchester City to win the FA Cup final at Wembley. Substitute Ben Watson headed a last-gasp winner after City had had Pablo Zabaleta sent off to secure a 1-0 win. Martinez told ITV: “It’s an incredible moment. At half-time we were all really down as we thought we had played really well in the first half. (The Mirror)

Roberto Mancini headed into the FA Cup final with his future under a cloud as bookies last night dramatically slashed the odds on Manuel Pellegrini taking over from him as Manchester City manager. (The Express)

Manuel Pellegrini turned the heat up on Roberto Mancini by admitting he could leave Malaga. And the Chilean admits his days in La Liga could be numbered after reports in Spain that he was heading to the Premier League. (The Sun)

He was the last player off the pitch, staying behind to soak up the adulation of the away supporters in the Doug Ellis Stand and, frankly, who could blame him? With his two goals yesterday Frank Lampard did not just secure another Champions’ League campaign for Chelsea, but wrote his name in the Stamford Bridge history books as the club’s top scorer. (The Independent)

Wayne Rooney’s proposed £25million transfer to Chelsea moved a step nearer after claims Bayern Munich wanted to sign him were exposed as a myth. Champions’ League finalists Bayern appeared to pose the biggest threat to outgoing Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho’s plan to set up camp at Stamford Bridge again and make the disaffected Rooney his first signing. (Daily Mail)

There was a British name on top at the opening solo time trial in the Giro d’Italia, southwards down the Adriatic coast, but it was not Sir Bradley Wiggins as expected. With the kid from Kilburn suffering at the end of a difficult first week, it was an Essex man, Alex Dowsett, who landed the biggest win of his brief professional career. Wiggins held his ground. (The Guardian)