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Rogers willing Wigan to more success
Paul Rogers will take his seat at Wembley for Wigan's FA Cup semi-final against Millwall on Saturday hoping history can repeat itself.
It was Rogers, a midfielder formerly of Sutton and Sheffield United, who scored the only goal three minutes into injury time to secure Wigan the Auto Windscreens Shield with a 1-0 win over Milwall 14 years ago.
Recalling the day, the 48-year-old said: ""It's nice for him (Roberto Martinez) to have this occasion. Hopefully they can take the next step and get to another final."
He added: "We were doing really well in the league that season. We were nicely settled around the play-offs places and then we got ourselves caught up in a run in the Auto Windscreens Shield.
"The final itself was a great occasion for the supporters and the players. Playing at that level you don't get many chances to play at Wembley and it's the old cliche but it is something you dream of.
"It was one of the last finals at the old Wembley as well. We were quite confident going in.
"It wasn't a great game, they were probably the better team on the day. They had some great chances, Roy Carroll made some great saves. Colin Greenall, who was getting on, had a very good game at the back and was the man of the match.
"We scored just at the right time. It obviously worked out really well for me. It was a left-foot half-volley from the penalty spot and we knew as soon as it went in that we'd won.
"We didn't get to have a party or anything because we had a lot of games that season. We went straight back up to Wigan on the coach because we were playing Northampton on the Tuesday night. Going to Sixfields was a bit of a reality check."
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