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Many City and Wigan fans head south for Cup final

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.


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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."

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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."

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Man City boss Mancini accepts he could lose his job

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini accepts he could lose his job even if he won the FA Cup - but is thinking only of a long and successful future.

I won seven trophies at Inter in four years and they sacked me after four years.This is football. I know football enough to understand this situation.I want to do only my job well, if it is possible, and continue to win every year. This is my target.I don't have other situations where I want to improve. I think it is important for every club to have a manager who can take a lot of decisions about the team, but now it is important we win this trophy.

– Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Mancini's position has been the subject of recurring speculation throughout the season and it may be questioned again if City suffer a shock loss to relegation-threatened Wigan in the final this weekend.

But the Italian has spoken often enough about how confident he feels in the post and we wants to continue bringing silverware to the Etihad Stadium.

Defeating Wigan would bring a third major trophy in three seasons and this is his only concern.

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