Belfast Telegraph

Martinez expects fortunes to change

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits he has had mixed feelings about his team's past two results but is very much upbeat about their performance level, which he is confident will soon start yielding victories if it is maintained.

The Latics' past two contests - an away clash with Norwich and last weekend's home match against West Brom - have been typical examples of Martinez's side's recent habit of dominating play yet failing to fully capitalise, with both games finishing 1-1.

"I have mixed feelings," Martinez said of the past two matches. "I think we have been very good, if not perfect, in many areas of our performances, but if you don't get the three points - because football is about winning games - you cannot have that satisfaction, or feel the real football happiness that you should have after a very good performance."

He added: "We need to be a little bit more relaxed in front of goal and get rid of that anxiety of wanting to win so much, which sometimes doesn't allow you to make the right decision in front of goal.

"But that has been the only little thing missing - our performance level has been good enough to get full points in each of the last six matches apart from one (a home defeat to Swansea)."

Asked if he felt his players had been wasteful in front of goal, Martinez said: "We have been as a team, yes.

"But I just feel the dominance we have had in our performances has been reflected in the number of chances we have created.

"You have to take those chances - in football you have to win games.

"The consistency we have had in the last few games shows a way to play where we feel we can affect games and impose ourselves, and if we carry on doing that we will get the rewards, I am certain about that."


From Belfast Telegraph