Belfast Telegraph

Martinez: We can still survive

Roberto Martinez is more convinced than ever that Wigan will hang on to their Barclays Premier League status despite seeing a golden chance for only a second home win of the season slip away against West Brom.

The Latics dominated proceedings but could only manage a 1-1 draw, with Wigan old boy Paul Scharner cancelling out James McArthur's goal. The point lifted Martinez's side level on points with QPR and Wolves at the bottom but they have played a game more and have matches against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to come in the next month.

The Wigan boss said: "I'm really proud of the players because if we carry on playing like that lady luck will come to the DW Stadium. I feel this squad is too strong not to carry on performing in that manner and if we do we'll get the points, I've got no doubts about that."

He added: "It's a really frustrating feeling and you feel it is a football injustice but today I really enjoyed the performance.

"At the moment it is not going our way. To finish that first half 0-0 was tough to take but in the second half we started on the front foot, we earned the goal and then just that feeling of having something to lose, they had two corners and they scored.

"We need a scrappy win to build a little bit of confidence and belief. In football terms it is impossible to explain with that performance how we didn't end up with three points."

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson was happy to admit his side were second-best but praised the players for their attitude.

"Wigan played very well," he said. "It was obviously a very important game for them to win and they certainly went about it in the right way, they committed a lot of players forward. I don't think we were anywhere near our best in terms of our attacking play but I left a few players out of the team to give others a chance.

"I've got to be very satisfied with a point and sympathise with Wigan, while praising my team for their resilience, for their character and their desire to get something out of this game despite the fact we're in a more comfortable position in the league.

"We could have been expected on a day like today to crumble and succumb to the pressure but we never did."


From Belfast Telegraph