He admits the dismantling of an Everton side strongly fancied to win the cup was one of the best performances during either of his spells at Wigan.
"I have to say it was an outstanding effort and performance from every single individual on the pitch from the first whistle to the last," he told the Wigan Observer. "If we can maintain that level for the rest of the season then we will not have a problem on any level in any competition.
"Our quality in the first half settled the game, and the job in the second half was to see the game out safely.
"I thought we thoroughly deserved to win the game, and now we are at Wembley.
"That is a very special achievement, and one we must all savour."