Roger Espinoza says Latics’ fans in Wembley Stadium were crucial 12th man.
The first Honduran in history to lift the FA Cup on the hallowed Wembley turf explained just how important each and every Wigan Athletic fan was in yesterday’s historic cup final victory.
Speaking in the dressing room surrounded by celebrating team mates Espinoza said:
“Usually in games I don’t hear anyone because I zone out from the crowd but this time I couldn’t help myself and they definitely pushed us over the line.
“The fans were our 12th man, I could hear everything they were saying.
“They give you the adrenaline to win and we kept on playing until the 94th minute for them.”
Espinoza’s Wigan Athletic career was born from the oldest club competition in the world, something he said was a breath-taking event.
“It’s overwhelming, the tournament as a whole is like that.
“I’m proud to say that my first Wigan Athletic game was in the FA Cup way back in January in the replay against Bournemouth.
“It’s unbelievable to win and it’s an unbelievable journey because we’ve come from the real roots of football to the national stadium.
“Going all the way, beating Everton like we did and then winning in the semi-final were amazing on their own but to win such a historic cup is just the best feeling in football.”
Speaking about the winning performance Espinoza added:
“It was a crazy match, it was incredible.
“We worked our hardest, we won and we’ll celebrate but we’ll just keep on going now in our performances.
“Everybody played out of their skins and everyone deserved to win this cup for the effort they put in during the game.
“I think we played better against a very tough team and at the end we prevailed.
“I feel rewarded from seeing all of the fans that came to the game, their support was incredible and at the end they got what they deserved.”