Football - Boyce in dreamland after Wigan win

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.

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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.

"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.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez confirmed that Whelan would be afforded the honour of leading the side out for the final.

"Yes, we will get the chairman leading the team out," he said. "It will bring full circle his time with the FA Cup."

Asked what reaching the final means, he said: "It means a lot as you can imagine. Not just the first time we're playing in a semi-final but the opportunity to reach the final, it's a big, big achievement for the players and they deserved it.

"So do the fans. A lot of people judge us on the numbers but its about the quality of the numbers."

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