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Maloney: It's 'imperative' Latics stay up

WEMBLEY hero Shaun Maloney admits it is "imperative" Wigan are still a Premier League club when they walk out for next month's FA Cup final.

Maloney opened the scoring before Callum McManaman added the second as the Latics overcame Millwall in Saturday's semi-final.

But there was no time to celebrate as Wigan remain in the Premier League relegation zone with seven games left, starting with a trip to reigning champions Manchester City on Wednesday.

"It's imperative we stay up," said Maloney.

"Obviously it's a major achievement to have reached the final but, it sounds pretty harsh, we are straight back in training and it's back to league business. We have a big game against Manchester City on Wednesday. We have to put the cup to the back of our minds for the next few weeks.

"We've got that massive game and then West Ham at the weekend so we are just going to have to forget about the cup."

Maloney struck in the 25th minute, sweeping the ball home after a cross from Arouna Kone.

"After we scored that goal we settled down a bit," added Maloney. "It was a sense of relief.

"But all credit to Millwall. For large parts of the second half they pinned us back, they got a few corners and put us under a fair bit of pressure."

Millwall, meanwhile, have been left "devastated" by the violence that scarred their semi-final defeat.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed 14 fans were arrested following the ugly scenes that erupted at Wembley.

A Millwall spokesman said: "As a club we are devastated by the scenes we saw, which are in danger of undoing much of the good work we have done to try and change the perception of the club."