Martinez happy as Wigan win
Roberto Martinez feels Wigan are finally starting to get what they deserve after they made it back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time this season with a 2-0 victory over Stoke.
A week after their shock 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, second-half goals from Antolin Alcaraz and Victor Moses capped a convincing display against an out-of-sorts Stoke.
Boss Martinez said: "We've had seven draws at home when I felt we were as dominant as today. It's a real sign of maturity within the squad, a sign that we're learning with every game."
He added: "That's very important, it's going to help our confidence. But I do feel this is the best season of the three that I've had with Wigan. We've started to get the results now and this group of players deserve that."
The win was also the first time they have picked up three points at the DW Stadium since beating QPR in August, although victories for Rangers and Bolton prevented the Latics climbing out of the relegation zone.
Stoke offered little in attack but the Latics continued to spurn opportunities, none better than the opening that Jean Beausejour had just before half-time when a Moses cross found him six yards out in front of an open goal but somehow he contrived to miss.
The winger made amends nine minutes after half-time with a peach of a cross that Alcaraz headed firmly into the bottom corner, and, after Beausejour had missed another glorious chance, Moses made sure of the points in injury time, running through to beat Asmir Begovic after an Andy Wilkinson error.
Wigan have paid for wastefulness on a number of occasions this season but Martinez was keen to focus on his side's solidity in defence.
He said: "Unfortunately we have learned to cope with that feeling (of missing chances) because we've had that time after time at home. We've created really good chances, and today it was exactly the same.
"I was really pleased with the manner that we defended. Probably the focus was to try to keep a clean sheet because you know Stoke, with the threat they've got up front, with the confidence they've been playing with and the good work they do at dead-ball situations, you have to be 100% and defensively, as a team, we were outstanding."