A goal, but it wasn't to be

Aldershot met Middlesbrough for the first time in the FA Cup - but it wasn't a happy meeting for the Hampshire side.

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FA Cup ticketing allocation 'could impact atmosphere'

Arsene Wenger has suggested the ticketing allocation for the FA Cup final at Wembley could impact on the atmosphere.

Arsenal and Hull will receive 25,000 tickets for the final at the 80,000-seater national stadium, with the rest of the tickets passed to their 'football family and Club Wembley members.

"One of the charms of the FA Cup final was always that the stadium was reality divided in two," the Arsenal manager said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA Wire

"It's a shame that it doesn't happen any more because that was always an absolutely fantastic atmosphere.

"I remember I have been at European Championship finals of the nations and World Cup finals and always there's a little bit of a lack of atmosphere because it is so divided. I think the atmosphere will lose a little bit."

The north London side were supported by over 50,000 fans as they defeated Wigan in the semi-final last weekend.

Read: Arsenal 'disappointed' by FA Cup final ticket allocation




Many City and Wigan fans head south for Cup final

Coach loads of Man City fans set off for London from the Etihad Stadium today
Coach loads of Man City fans have set off for London from the Etihad Stadium Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Supporters of Lancashire football clubs Manchester City and Wigan have begun their journey to London for the sides' FA Cup final clash.

The teams meet at Wembley at 5.15pm, with coverage starting on ITV at 3:15pm.

Follow the big match build-up on the ITV Sport website.


Martinez: 'Wigan need to cope with demands of FA Cup'

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has said his team needs to be able to cope with the demands of the both the Premier League and the FA Cup.

He said: "People want to talk about which competition we prefer, we want both. It's clear that we need to cope with the demands of both competitions.

"It's something we want to get through. Reaching the FA Cup final is a momentous moment for the football club."

Read: FA Cup final build up


Mancini is taking no notice of the form for FA Cup final

City are anxious to claim the FA Cup as consolation following their failure to defend the Barclays Premier League title they won last season.

They are odds-on favourites against the Latics, whose progress to the final has been overshadowed by their battle against the drop.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez (left) with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Mancini is taking no notice of the form book and has warned his team must be on top of their game, much like his old Sampdoria team were then they thrashed Serie B Ancona 6-1 in the second leg of 1994 Coppa Italia final.

He said: "I played Sampdoria-Ancona, Italian Cup, many years ago."In England it is totally different because if you play against team who plays for relegation, if you want to win, you should play not 100, but 200 per cent.

"For them it is the best moment in their life. If you don't play well, if you don't play a good game, you can't win."

Read: FA Cup final build up.

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