Belfast Telegraph

Martinez praise for battling Latics

Roberto Martinez hailed Wigan's resilience after the Barclays Premier League strugglers battled to a 1-1 draw at Norwich.

After Wes Hoolahan had clipped in Simeon Jackson's cross to put the Canaries in front after 10 minutes, it could have been easy for the top flight's bottom club to fold. However, the Latics grew into the match and eventually netted a deserved equaliser through a well-taken finish by Victor Moses on 68 minutes, and had chances to snatch victory.

Martinez said: "You have seen today why we are in the position we are in because we cannot really show that little bit of composure or have that bit of luck in front of goal. We created enough chances to win and grew into the game."

He added: "After giving away the early goal, I felt we were really strong, we kept the ball well, and created numerous chances.

"Clearly it was a good performance for us, but only one point to show and that is what we have to rectify from now until the end."

Apart from a late header from substitute Steve Morison which was brilliantly saved by Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi, the Canaries never really got into top gear.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert, though, will always take a sense of perspective.

He said: "It was a tough game, but it was always going to be one of the hardest, if not the hardest, because of the expectancy.

"We could have lost it at the end, so it is another point for us to be safe.

"I have always thought that if you can't win it, don't lose it. We showed great resilience and we had to."


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