Martinez: Spots up for grabs

Roberto Martinez has told his players to keep performing well to stay in the Wigan Athletic side and has praised Ali Al Habsi for strengthening his case with a fine display for Oman.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 14:24 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Insists the whole Wigan squad will be needed

Roberto Martinez: Insists the whole Wigan squad will be needed

Al Habsi was left on the bench for Wigan's win over Newcastle United as Martinez kept faith with the side that beat Everton in the FA Cup, meaning another start for Spanish youngster Joel.

But Al Habsi impressed Martinez with the way he played for Oman in a 2-2 draw against Australia in midweek, putting him in contention for a recall against Norwich City on Saturday.

"Ali was fantastic against Australia," Martinez said. "He made six incredible saves from Tim Cahill alone.

"I think that was the Australian tactic, looking for Cahill in the box. But Ali stood up to him well."

Martinez admits he will have to rely on his whole squad for the rest of the season as Wigan battle for Premier League survival and FA Cup glory.

"Every position is for grabs," he stated. "Remember we have at least 10 games in the next seven weeks, and every player is going to be needed.

"Obviously because of the FA Cup run, all of a sudden we have more players fighting for places in the team.

"I'm not going to make the decision on who plays - it will be football that makes the decision.

"That's why I feel the excitement around the place is so different, because everyone knows they absolutely have to be at their best. And at this stage of the season, the rewards are huge.

"Over the next seven weeks there will be moments that will be unique in a player's career."

Martinez may be forced into at least one change this weekend, with Antolin Alcaraz (groin) joining Callum McManaman (ankle) on the injured list.

"It's complicated with Antolin, because he has developed fatigue related to his injury," Martinez added.

"We perhaps should have given him more time."

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: Stoke re-sign Oussama Assaidi on loan from Liverpool

Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi has returned to Stoke City on a season-long loan.

Transfer news: Celtic sign Stefan Scepovic at the second attempt

Stefan Scepovic has made a dramatic U-turn and decided to join Celtic less than 24 hours after turning them down.

Transfer news: QPR sign midfielder Sandro from Tottenham

QPR have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Sandro for an undisclosed fee.

Mail Box

It's That Time Again: 'Wenger Out'

Are Arsenal fans the ficklest in the Premier League? That's one question in the mailbox as Gooners call for Wenger to leave (again). Plus, plenty of reaction to Falcao...

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

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