Wigan boss Martinez backs team to get points for survival



Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has claimed his team will get enough points to beat the drop, despite their 1-0 defeat against Manchester City which leaves them at the bottom of the table.

After watching his goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi gift Manchester City all three points with a howler in the first half, Martinez’s team were easily the better of the two in the second half and had enough chanced to win the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Martinez said, “The performance was really, really good.

“Coming here you know that Manchester City are going to put you under massive pressure and I felt that we coped with that threat really well, especially in the second half and we controlled the tempo of the whole game and that’s probably the most pleasing aspect.

“We had more corners than the home side, more possession, better possession, better chances and at the end we didn’t get anything out of the performance apart from a huge belief.

“I think the players deserve a lot of credit for the manner that they performed and if we carry on with them standards until the end of the season, we will get the points.

“And I think with performances like today, you don’t get the points straight away but you get the points long term and I’m extremely proud of the performance of the players.”

Martinez also backed his upset keeper following his mistake.

He said: “You can understand it (being upset) because he has been fantastic for us and he will be, he is a fantastic goalkeeper and them actions happen – football is a game of errors.

“Today he was at the end of one but it is not the error, it’s how you react, as a team and as an individual and the reaction was fantastic, we carried on doing the things that we had to do, we imposed ourselves, we finished the game really strong.

“I can guarantee you I have seen Manchester City play in a lot of games this season at home and I haven’t seen an away team with that arrogance on the ball, with that composure, playing from the back and taking control of the whole game and we have done that with a young team and I am extremely proud of that.”

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