Martinez: Luck deserted us

Roberto Martinez feels luck deserted Wigan Athletic again at West Ham United, but was pleased with their level of performance.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 09:19 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Latics saw another fixture pass them by without any profits gained, meaning they remain inside the Premier League relegation zone with just five games left.

They have every right to feel that they should have taken something from a trip to Upton Park, having dominated possession for long periods.

They were, however, left empty-handed and have no reward to show for two impressive away performances in the space of four days against Manchester City and West Ham.

Asked if his side were unfortunate to come away with nothing on Saturday, Martinez told Sky Sports: "Massively. I think luck plays a big part in the game, as we saw today.

"I thought today, especially in the second half, we were the dominant force. We created many, many chances and we are the ones that conceded a goal. That is disappointing.

"The two goals that we conceded are a little bit soft, but if you look at the overall balance of play and the amount of chances that we created, we deserved to get much more than what we got today.

"Sometimes you have moments like that in a season when you play very well and luck doesn't allow you to collect the rewards that you deserve.

"I thought both teams, because we played on Wednesday, we looked a little bit pedestrian and the pitch was very long - that probably didn't allow it to be a flowing game. But we did really well in the second half and the scoreline doesn't reflect the performance at all.

"For us it is a good challenge to maintain that sort of performance, because you will never see a run of two games like we have had without collecting anything.

"It's important that we don't drop our level of performance. If we keep performing like that, we will get the points that we need. The problem comes when you drop the performance, but that's what we are going to be focusing on to make sure we get refreshed and ready for the next game."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho set to hold talks over his future at the champions

Jose Mourinho is expected to hold further contract talks with Chelsea after he secured a third Premier League trophy.

Brendan Rodgers says he will be a better manager at Liverpool next season

Brendan Rodgers believes he "will be a better manager" next season, and has criticised the "short-termism" that has threatened to dislodge him at Liverpool.

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could return from injury against Arsenal

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis could return to action against Arsenal after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Mail Box

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company