One bonus for Wigan is that even if they are relegated at the end of the season and lose the final, they are likely to be playing in the Europa League for the first time next season, as both Chelsea and Manchester City are almost certain to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Wigan created most of the chances until Millwall began to put their defense under real pressure for the first time with an hour gone, when James Henry went close with a direct free-kick and defender Mark Beevers saw a powerful header deflected away for a corner.
“We had 20 minutes when we had to score, but couldn’t, and after that Wigan did and killed the game. But I am very proud of my team,” said Jackett, whose side are also battling to avoid relegation from the Championship, as they are only three points above the relegation zone. “We now have to avoid relegation, because otherwise it will take the gloss off what has been a great run in the FA Cup.”