Scharner's debut delight
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan's debut goal hero Paul Scharner praised his team-mates after beating Arsenal.Wigan debutant Paul Scharner praised his new team-mates after his goal handed them a 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg.
The Austrian star headed in on 78 minutes for Paul Jewell's men as they saw off Arsene Wenger's youthful side, but felt compelled to apologise to the club he supports.
"Sorry Arsenal!" Scharner told Sky Sports.
"The first game was ok for me, I scored, 1-0, but congratulations to the team - the second half was brilliant."
Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard was also delighted with the victory that gives The Latics one foot in the final in Cardiff.
"It's a great result for us against Arsenal," said Bullard.
"We just enjoyed every minute of it really, cracking.
"In the first half we weren't at the races but in the second half the midfield got more stuck in, we played a bit, and the big man made the difference.
"I knew they didn't put their strongest team out but they are Arsenal with good players."
Bullard also laughed off the impact of a power cut that delayed the tie for 15 minutes in the second half.
"I found it alright myself as I kept running when the lights were off! We kept warm in the dressing room and came out and played as usual.
"We've got to play them again yet at Highbury, so that will be a game to look forward to.
"We've got another game so I wouldn't put anything past them. Whatever team they put out we will try to win the game."