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WE OWE FA CUP TO OUR FANS

Skipper wants passion to pay off in FA Cup final.

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17:11 8th May 2013

by Nick Taylor

Club captain Gary Caldwell talks about what he says is the biggest week in Wigan Athletic’s history.

Following yesterday’s Barclays Premier League game against Swansea City, Gary Caldwell encouraged supporters not to be too down-hearted and was reassuring that he wanted to win the FA Cup for them.

“We’re obviously frustrated after yesterday’s game and we’ll hold our hands up for the mistakes that were made,” said Caldwell.

“Thankfully we can still have the opportunity to rectify mistakes and we’ll be looking to learn from that for the final two league games of the season.

“That game has gone now and we can’t change what happened, the one thing we can do is affect the present and the future.

“We’ve got the biggest week in the history of this football club coming up and we’re aiming to win all three games to make it a season that the players and supporters will never ever forget.”

The 31-year-old admitted that the FA Cup hasn’t been in the players’ minds in the last few weeks, saying:

“We haven’t thought about the final since the semi-final and people will sometimes question that because of the magnitude of the competition.

“We’ve had and still have a lot to deal with and we’ve been completely focussed on the league.

He added:

“This morning though, the gaffer spoke to us about what went wrong last night and then moved on to speaking about the FA Cup.

“As soon as he started to speak about it the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I started to realise that this is a massive, massive football game.

“For it to be the first FA Cup final for this club and to be able to make history for this club is huge and every player from today onwards until Saturday will be 100% focussed on winning the FA Cup.”

Scottish FA Cup winner Caldwell’s other big message to the supporters was to enjoy an occasion that was achieved in their name.

He said:

“All of the players want the fans to go to the final and enjoy themselves.

“We want them to enjoy representing the club on a grand stage in the national stadium and give us that great backing that we have always had.

“We’ll be doing everything within our powers to win this cup for them, it’s all well and good being in the final but we want to win it to make everybody proud.”

Latics’ captain ensured that focus will be on the cup this weekend but after the team return on Sunday, survival in the Premier League is very serious.

“It’s a day that the fans can focus on the cup rather than the league and then when we’ve played in the final we can get back down to league business and make sure that we achieve our goal.

“The cup final gives everyone the chance to focus on something other than last night.

“There’s been a real excitement towards Saturday for weeks from the fans and they deserve their moment in the spotlight.

“We will come back to work on Sunday knowing what needs to be done in the Premier League and we’ll be addressing that with all of our commitment and effort.”

You can get involved with our FA Cup build-up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with #wafcwembley and #believeinwigan along with your photos in the days leading up to kick off

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