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became Chelsea's all-time leading scorer
with a double against Aston Villa
yesterday that clinched a 2--1 victory and
pushed his club closer to Champions
From midfield, Lampard has 203
goals during 12 years with Chelsea---
surpassing the record held by Bobby
Tambling, the club's striker from 1959
"It means everything, it's amazing,"
said Lampard, who was out of contract
at the end of the season. "The support
I've had from team-mates, you saw that
at the end and I'm thankful to every one
of them because they're the ones that
put it on a plate for me sometimes."
In the only English Premier League
game on Saturday, Christian Benteke put
Villa ahead in the first half but, with both
sides reduced to ten men, Lampard
started Chelsea's comeback in the 61st
The England international curled the
ball from inside the area past goalkeeper
Brad Guzan to equalise, and then scored
the winner from close range in the 88th.
Chelsea's Ramires was sent off before
halftime and Benteke was also
dismissed in the 58th for receiving a
second yellow card.
Chelsea is third in the Premier League
with one match remaining, while Villa is
five points above the relegation zone.
Lampard breaks Chelsea scoring record in Villa win
LONDON---Wigan won the FA Cup
for the first time in its 81-year his-
tory by beating big-spending Man-
chester City 1--0 yesterday in one
of the biggest final upsets the tour-
nament has seen.
Ben Watson headed in the winner
in the 90th minute at Wembley Sta-
dium from Shaun Maloney's corner
after City, six minutes after City
defender Pablo Zabaleta was sent
"The boys were fantastic and they
deserve it," Watson told the BBC.
"To come on and score the winner
in the FA Cup final is a dream."
Wigan now has to make sure it
doesn't become the first team to win
the FA Cup and be relegated in the
same season, with Roberto Mar-
tinez's side currently in the drop
zone with just two rounds remain-
"It's unbelievable. It's some
achievement for everyone in the
club," midfielder James McCarthy
said. "Now it's down to the league.
It's a massive week for the club. We
have to put on a massive show for
the rest of the season."
The team, which is based near
Manchester, was put together for
less than $30 million, while City's
squad cost more than ten times than
amount. Wigan is the second his-
tory-maker this season at Wembley,
with Swansea winning its first major
trophy in the League Cup final in
"Today it was David and Goliath,"
Martinez said. "It was following a
dream...we saw the underdogs play
with incredible bravery, incredible
belief and they defied the odds again.
That's the FA Cup."
Wigan was led out onto the pitch
by chairman Dave Whelan, who now
has happier memories of Wembley
after his playing career ended here
when he broke his leg playing for
Blackburn in the 1960 final.
"What an incredible story," Mar-
tinez said. "The chairman broke his
leg in 1960 and today, finally, it's
finished business for him."
But the result throws into doubt
the future of both managers.
Martinez, already widely admired
in management, will be in demand
even more---especially with Everton
looking to replace Manchester Unit-
ed-bound David Moyes.
At City, Roberto Mancini's future
in the dugout is also looking uncer-
tain after a newspaper report, which
the club has not denied, that Mala-
ga's Manuel Pellegrini has been
approached to replace the Italian.
City fans made their feeling clear
toward the club's Abu Dhabi hier-
archy, chanting in support of Manci-
ni from the start and bellowing abu-
sive about Pellegrini.
But City will now end the season
without a trophy despite having the
most expensively assembled squad
The FA Cup enabled City to end
its 35-year trophy drought two years
ago, but despite going on to win the
Premier League last season, the club
has appeared to go backwards this
The Premier League trophy was
conceded to Manchester United with
four games to go, while City exited
the Champions League in the group
stage for the second successive sea-
And yesterday, City was outshone
Belying their lowly position in the
Premier League, the Wigan players
started with confidence, looking
assured on the ball.
"We are playing against an incred-
ible, incredible side," Martinez said.
"Today wasn't about winning by a
bit of luck---today was start to finish
an incredible performance."
The finishing lacked venom,
though, until the final minutes---
even though the team created
chances from the start.
Arouna Kone burst forward after
nine minutes and sent the ball for-
ward to Callum McManaman, who
miscued his shot and missed the
The closest City came was Joel
Robles sliding out to block Carlos
Tevez's shot after David Silva cut
the ball back to the Argentina strik-
er.McManaman, who caused City
defender Gael Clichy trouble
throughout down the right flank,
worked his way into the penalty area
again before halftime, forced Joe Hart
off his line and found the space to
shoot, but was denied by Zabaleta's
"At halftime we were all really
down as we thought we had played
really well in the first half," Martinez
said. "There was a real feeling of
maybe we had wasted our oppor-
tunity, but this group of players keep
In a second half lacking clear-cut
chances, Joel blocked a header from
City substitute Jack Rodwell, and
Maloney hit the top of the cross-
bar.Wigan's breakthrough came after
Zabaleta became just the third player
to get sent off in an FA Cup final,
when he was shown a second yellow
card for bringing down McMana-
Wigan wins FA Cup for first time
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