Martinez rues bad night

Post-match reaction to Swansea's 3-2 victory over Wigan.

Last Updated: 08/05/13 at 08:21 Post Comment

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez fears defender Ronnie Stam broke his leg in tonight's 3-2 defeat by Swansea.

Stam had only just been introduced as a second-half substitute when he went down after a heavy tackle.

The Dutchman was unable to return as Wigan slipped dangerously close to relegation, and it is evident he will now miss Saturday's FA Cup Final, plus Wigan's final two Premier League games.

"We will check Ronnie tomorrow, but it seems it is a broken leg," said Martinez.

"He couldn't put any weight on it, so he will need a scan tomorrow to find out exactly what it is."

It capped a disastrous night for Wigan, with Martinez also confirming the hamstring strain that kept Jean Beausejour out of Tuesday evening's game is also virtually certain to end his season.

"Jean has a tear in his right leg," said Martinez.

"It will be difficult for him to be back before the season ends."

It completed an awful evening for Wigan, who are now three points from safety, with only two games remaining - including a trip to Arsenal - and their run-in complicated by Saturday's FA Cup final.

The manner of the defeat was even more shocking given Wigan had twice led, through Roger Espinoza and James McCarthy, only to concede awful goals, due directly to defensive mistakes.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," said Martinez.

"We had an incredible opportunity against a team in mid-table, who had not won for a while.

"We did not take that chance. We had a 10 minute period when we should have been stronger and made better decisions but we could not cope.

"The dressing room is really down. But we will never throw the towel in.

"It is not a bad thing to feel down but now we need to fight for every single point. We have done it before and we can still do it now.

"We got a very important victory at Arsenal last year and we need to do it again."

Although skipper Gary Caldwell blundered for Itay Shechter's equaliser and hesitation between James McArthur and Shaun Maloney proved fatal as Dwight Tiendalli grabbed the winner, the game changed earlier in the half.

For if McArthur had turned home Arouna Kone's cross when unmarked and barely five yards out to put Wigan 3-1, it is difficult to see Swansea coming back.

As it is, Latics could be six points adrift by the time they next play, although Swansea coach Michael Laudrup believes they must win at Arsenal anyway.

"They will need to win," said Laudrup.

"If they draw they will only have 39 points and three teams above them have 38 already.

"If they win their last two games I think they will stay up. But they have to do it."

Meanwhile, Laudrup confirmed keeper Michel Vorm would fly back to south Wales despite being stretchered off after a nasty clash of heads with Ben Davies.

"Michel seems OK," said Laudrup.

"He was a little dizzy and was out for a small time but we will check him again tomorrow."


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