Martinez up for Carling Cup

Latics were humbled 3-0 at Manchester City last weekend and face
another testing Premier League away game at Everton next Saturday.
Such matches are undoubtedly Martinez’s top priority as he bids to
improve Wigan’s league standing after their narrow escape from
relegation last season. But the Spaniard insists he will be taking
the Carling Cup seriously this term, starting with Tuesday’s trip
to npower Championship outfit Crystal Palace, even though he will
inevitably make changes. Martinez said: “In September we play Man
City, Everton and Spurs and we are starting our Carling Cup
adventure. “It is a really demanding month but, with the amount of
players we have got it is great month for us. “I see the Carling
Cup as a really exciting competition. “We want to progress as far
as we can and make sure we use these games as a really strong
internal competition for places. “We have got really good talent in
the squad.” Martinez is expected to hand debuts to new signings
Shaun Maloney and Patrick van Aanholt while another recent recruit,
Albert Crusat, could make his first start. “I am sure they are
desperate to have a part in it,” Martinez said. “They have been
working really well. “Over this week, with three games, it is
guaranteed that every player is going to have a role. “It is
important they have a natural introduction into the squad. “This
week is going to be a perfect scenario for that.” Defender Van
Aanholt, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, is especially likely
to feature with Antolin Alcaraz, Steven Gohouri and Emmerson Boyce
all missing. Youngster Victor Moses, impressive in the opening
weeks of the campaign, will be hoping to start again against his
former club. Martinez expects his team to learn from their
experience at the Etihad Stadium, when their unbeaten start to the
season was comprehensively ended by a much superior City side.
Martinez told the club’s website: “It is great to play against
these sort of sides but we want to be critical of ourselves. “We
know we didn’t play as well as we can and in every game you want to
be as good as you can. “I think we are a lot better and we need to
learn quickly. “Our potential is huge and the time to show that is
in every game in the Premier League, not just the games we are
expected to get something out of.” Wigan will be expected to come
away from Selhurst Park with a victory but Martinez has warned his
players to expect another difficult encounter. He said: “I have
been watching Crystal Palace for a while now, not just this season.
“They are really well organised. They have a good balance in their
squad with experience and exciting young talent. “They are going to
give us a really tough game.”