Emmerson Boyce pulled off what has been described as ‘the tackle of the decade’ after he helped his Wigan side to another famous FA Cup victory over mega rich Man City in what is the shock result of the season so far.
Premier League giants City, so imperious at home, lost last season’s final to a Wigan side captained by Aylesbury star Boyce.
And they will be sick of the sight of the former Quarrendon School pupil after he pulled off a crucial ‘match-winning’ tackle to deny Edin Dzeko a certain equaliser at 2-1 and with eight minutes left on the clock in Sunday’s quarter-final clash.
The Barbadian is Wigan’s all-time leading appearance holder and following his man of the match performance fans have even called for a statue of him to be built outside their ground.
Pundit and England legend Gary Lineker took to Twitter to laud Boyce’s performance, describing the key moment as ‘the tackle of the decade’.
After an entire career spent dreaming of playing at the national stadium, it means the former Aylesbury United youngster will have lead the Latics out under the arch no less than four times in less than a year when they play his boyhood heroes Arsenal in the semi-final.
Speaking after the game a delighted Boyce, whose family still live in Elmhurst, said: “Well well well, What can I say, a fantastic team performance.
“We showed great character and had to dig in deep at the end but we did it! Wembley here we come!”
Boyce’s boss Uwe Rosler hailed his skipper Emmerson Boyce as a ‘symbol’ of Wigan Athletic after his match-winning role in sending Latics back to Wembley.
“I just saw the block - unbelievable,” said Rosler after the game.
“I’m a big believer that you need match-winners at both ends - not only in the attacking box, but in your own box.
“That tackle was a match-winning, decisive moment for us.
“It showed the desire and the willpower we have at the club. I can only take my hat off to the players, and Emmerson is a symbol of that – not only today but ever since I’ve worked in the club.”
VIDEO: Watch Boyce’s amazing tackle