Martinez has sympathy for Pulis

Pulis, who on Saturday saw his side denied a penalty at Sunderland

for an apparent handball on the line by Lee Cattermole in a match

they eventually lost 2-0, believes smaller clubs are getting a raw

deal from the men in black in the Premier League. He wants to

introduce a system where clubs get to grade referees, with those

receiving the worst marks ‘relegated’ to the Championship. Martinez

was also left infuriated by match officials at the weekend after

Charles N’Zogbia’s first-half effort in the 2-1 defeat at Blackburn

was disallowed, the Frenchman being adjudged to have committed a

foul in the build-up. Martinez likened the impact of that decision

to that of the one involving Cattermole, and asked for his thoughts

on Pulis’ suggestion, said: “Of course I can see his angle and I’m

sure that it is already in place – we all know there is a certain

table in terms of referees’ performances during the season, and

that is there for the authorities to look into. “I don’t think it’s

a straight-forward table where the bottom three get relegated but I

think it has quite an impact on the season. “From a managers’ point

of view, you need to focus on the next performance and make sure

the daily work carries on at the same level without you being

affected. “But at the end of the season, it is good to get

everyone’s views and try to help the referees as much as we can. “I

can understand how Tony is feeling because it was a turning point

in their game and we feel exactly the same way. “Scoring a goal is

always the hardest thing and doing it away from home in the manner

that we did and not having it allowed is really frustrating and

really difficult to take. “The players didn’t deserve that, our

fans didn’t and it is something that we need to correct.” As far as

Martinez is concerned, though, suffering disappointments like Wigan

did at Blackburn helps to build the team’s resolve, something he

feels is exemplified by their next opponents Liverpool. The Reds go

into Wednesday night’s fixture at the DW Stadium on the back of

three straight wins in the league, capped on Sunday by an

impressive 2-0 win against champions Chelsea. Roy Hodgson’s side

have overcome a poor start to the season to hoist themselves out of

the relegation zone – and the Latics, currently lying in 18th

place, are aiming to follow suit. “Every experience makes you

stronger and gets you together – that’s quite clear,” Martinez

said. “In a way, you can see that looking at Liverpool and their

moment of form. “I think it’s easier to get closer when the results

are there and the success is through the squad, but every

experience allows you to take it with both hands, take

responsibility and get the group stronger. “That is what we have

been doing and that is why we can’t wait to get out on the pitch on

Wednesday and make sure we make our fans proud.”