Molineux Stadium

Next Game

Wolves v Wigan

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 0 - 0 N Forest

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Al Habsi backed by Martinez

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has handed goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi a vote of confidence.

Last Updated: 30/11/12 at 16:24 Post Comment

Ali Al Habsi: Wigan goalkeeper allows Reading to score last weekend

Ali Al Habsi: Wigan goalkeeper allows Reading to score last weekend

The 30-year-old Oman international, who signed for the Latics last year following a season-long loan from Bolton, has made two errors in his last two matches.

His blunder allowed Reading to make it 2-2 last weekend before Jordi Gomez's late winner spared his blushes, and he then failed to collect Gareth Barry's shot before Mario Balotelli fired Manchester City ahead in midweek.

However, Martinez said: "I don't think it was an error against Manchester City. Ali in my eyes is one of the best in this league.

"Sometimes you expect Ali to save the unstoppable and that's very unfair.

"The shot from Gareth Barry was moving away a little bit and he came up with a world class save in the rebound but the unfortunate point is that the ball bounced straight into the striker's path and not the defender's path.

"I don't think that's a mistake at all. That's a little bit of misfortune.

"This new ball is quite tough for goalkeepers. His reaction for the first save was outstanding."

Martinez is confident Al Habsi will be fully focused again for Monday's trip to Newcastle.

"Ali is such a confident player and internally he is a very strong human being. I would say his mental strength is his biggest quality," said Martinez.

"As a goalkeeper you need to be able to move on from action to action and he is not affected by that. It's not a confidence issue at all."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

W

ow, that is so noble of you Rio. You're such an amazing guy, and so handsome too. Everyone wishes they were like the fantastic Rio Ferdinand.

Petulant_Radish
Rio: No grudge with 'gent' Moyes

T

errible night all round. This was a team there for the taking yet I fail to recall their 'keeper making a notable save. Sterling decided to have his worst game ever, Coutinho only provided about two good passes all game and Balotelli continues to frustrate. The less said about the set piece defending the better. Daniel Sturridge cannot came back soon enough. The lack of a real threat in the final third is so surprising, no killer pass, not testing...

jegz1uk
A Worrying Trend Of Liverpool Lethargy

Footer 365

Transfer news: Barcelona's Dani Alves hints at move to Premier League next summer

Barcelona and Brazil defender Dani Alves says he will be moving to the Premier League next year.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confident Danny Welbeck's finishing will only get better

Arsene Wenger says hat-trick hero Danny Welbeck showed the "instinct of a goalscorer" in Arsenal's win over Galatasaray.

European Qualifiers: Daniel Sturridge won't be in England squad, says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Roy Hodgson has agreed to leave Daniel Sturridge out of his England squad.

Mail Box

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

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