Latics stronger than ever – Martinez

Wigan have experienced an up and down season under Martinez, with

the high being the victory over Chelsea and the low undoubtedly the

hammering at White Hart Lane. Latics face Spurs again in the

Premier League on Sunday and Martinez hopes his side can build on

their three-game unbeaten run. “It is a compliment that people from

the outside feel we can come up and beat anyone on the day,” said

Martinez. “If we can beat anyone it is because you have the talent

or the pattern of play that is difficult to play against. “The job

is to be consistent and I feel the last four games the performances

have been consistent.” Wigan have won just twice since their

humiliation at White Hart Lane in November and have drawn their

last three in the league to leave them just two points above the

relegation zone. Martinez feels he has a much stronger squad than

when they first met Spurs, however, and is confident they will be

successful in their survival battle. “Looking back I am proud of

the way we have matured and really found out a lot about people at

the club,” he said of the way the players had responded to that

potentially-damaging 9-1 defeat. “I felt we have improved a lot on

what we have shown in the first half of the campaign. “We look like

a team that has a real pride in what we are doing and the next

little bit is to find a bit more composure in the final third. “Now

I feel the squad is at its strongest and I’m really excited going

into the last third of the season.” Spurs have had a difficult run

since the turn of the year, winning just one of six league matches

and scoring just once. However, Martinez insists Sunday’s game is

not an occasion for revenge. “It is important we don’t play the

occasion of facing Spurs in the league,” he stressed. “Now it is a

completely different game but when you play such a talented side

like Spurs there is never a good or bad time to play them. “If they

are on a bad run you expect them to change it, if they are on a

good run they will be playing with confidence. “When you play good

sides you need to focus on yourself and unless we are at our best

we will not be able to compete with them.” Centre-back Titus

Bramble is a major doubt to face Spurs because of a hamstring

injury sustained in the goalless draw against Bolton in midweek.