Boyce in dreamland as Wigan reach FA Cup Final

Wigan Athletic's Shaun Maloney (right) celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with teammates. Photo: PA

Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce described his side's FA Cup semi-final victory over Millwall as a "dream come true" after they won 2-0 at Wembley.

Wigan reached the FA Cup final for the first time in club history as goals in either half from Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman saw them past the npower Championship opposition.

"It's amazing, a dream come true for the club and the fans," Boyce told ESPN. "People have said a lot about the fans but they were excellent today.

"I want to say thank you too to the chairman... 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."

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan had his playing career ended when he broke his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final - a match his Blackburn side went on to lose 3-0 to Wolves.

Although Maloney gave Wigan the lead after 25 minutes, they could not kill off the game until McManaman's strike 12 minutes from time.

"We always knew Millwall were going to be a tough game," Boyce said. "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."

On-loan Paul Scharner, who played in the League Cup final during his first stint at Wigan, added: "It's unbelievable. We are in the final.

"The chairman deserves it most, and the supporters.

"In the second half they were trying to get an equaliser but we kept a clean sheet and I'm so happy to reach the final."

Wigan will return to Wembley on May 11 to play either Chelsea or Manchester City - who meet tomorrow - but Scharner is not concerned who they face next.

"It doesn't matter," he said. "The final is always tough and both teams are very strong."

Maloney, named man of the match, had never progressed beyond the third round of the competition before this season and said he would need time to appreciate today's achievement.

"It's a massive occasion for us today, and it will probably sink in in the next couple of days what exactly lies ahead," he said.

"The chairman has spoken publicly about what it means to him and the whole club - it's a massive thing."

Admitting the game had been far from easy, he added: "The first half we controlled but in the second half Millwall pinned us right back and it felt tough until the second goal."

Wigan are still in the relegation scrap at the foot of the Premier League, and while the FA Cup is a nice distraction, they will need to focus attention on the league in the coming weeks in order to avoid the drop.

"If we play like we did today we'll have a real chance," Maloney added.