Martinez pleased by reaction

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was pleased with the performance of his 10 men in Monday's 3-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 23:08 Post Comment

Maynor Figueroa was sent off and Newcastle were awarded a penalty when the Wigan man barged Papiss Cisse inside the area early on.

Demba Ba converted from the spot and then added a second on 21 minutes to leave the visitors facing an uphill struggle but they responded manfully before Gael Bigirimana added some gloss to the scoreline.

"It became a very difficult game in 10 minutes when you give a two-goal cushion and go a man down," Martinez told Sky Sports.

"But I was pleased with was the reaction of the players in the second half. It would have been very easy to feel sorry for ourselves.

"I was extremely proud with the reaction of my players. We gave a real feeling of fear to the Newcastle side. We got on the ball. Unfortunately we couldn't get that early (second-half) goal that you need."

The Latics boss was frustrated by the sending off of Figueroa that turned the game in the home side's favour.

"It was a big decision. You need to be certain of a decision like that," added the Spaniard.

"For me, it was between the two players. I think Maynor Figueroa is allowed to challenge for that ball and we are unfortunate.

"But you're going to get that in football. What I'm pleased with is the way we reacted."

Wigan now face a potential relegation six-pointer against bottom-club QPR on Saturday but Martinez is optimistic despite the scoreline on Monday evening.

He added: "The players are going to get their rewards if they keep doing that. We need to take it into the next home game."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Nikola Zigic's agent confirms Arsenal's interest

The agent of ex-Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic has told SPORT that Arsenal have expressed an interest in his client.

Premier League: Crystal Palace unveil Neil Warnock as new manager

Neil Warnock has returned to Crystal Palace after being named as the new manager on a two-year deal.

Manchester United signing Angel di Maria claims he was forced out of Real Madrid

Manchester United signing Angel di Maria has claimed he never wanted to leave Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property