Platt: Wigan will stick to style

After claiming an encouraging 10 points from an eight-game run

that included fixtures against Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea

and Liverpool, a woeful home defeat by Sunderland brought an air of

gloom to Wigan once more.

Since then, both Bolton and Blackburn have managed victories so

Roberto Martinez’s men are rock bottom again as they prepare to

entertain the Premier League leaders on Monday.

Yet Platt knows Martinez too well to believe the Spaniard will

be panicked into changing a free-flowing style that has served him

so well throughout his managerial career.

“Wigan play football and they won’t go away from that,” he

said.

“They had a very bad run that has seen them involved in a

relegation battle but Roberto Martinez has his own style and he

will stick to his philosophies.”

That Wigan offer opponents the space to play in a bid to make

the most of their own expansive style as opposed to other teams in

the relegation struggle who tend to rely more on an ability to

scrap, in theory should play right into City’s hands.

However, it cannot be ignored that alongside heavy defeats to

Arsenal and United came draws against Chelsea and Liverpool.

And in the case of Chelsea, Martinez’s team were decidedly

unlucky just to come away with a point.

Even in the middle of that horror run of eight successive

defeats that Platt referred to, Wigan overcame the handicap of

playing with 10 men to give Tottenham a real run for their

money.

“Wigan have picked up just recently in terms of the points they

have taken,” said Platt.

“They will be full of energy and will try and take the game to

us.

“We know it will be difficult.”

With skipper Vincent Kompany serving the second game of his

four-match ban and Kolo Toure on African Nations Cup duty with the

Ivory Coast, 21-year-old Montenegro international Stefan Savic is

set to continue in central defence.

Samir Nasri would hope to have more involvement too as City look

to emerge from a run of just one win in their last five games,

which has seen their prowess in front of goal drastically

curtailed.

Not that Platt is fazed by that.

Victory will take City three points clear of Manchester United

and five ahead of Tottenham and his own experience of title-winning

campaigns will ensure he does not lose focus on the overall

goal.

“It’s an obvious thing to say, but to win it, you need to get

more points than the others,” he said.

“In our position that means not getting less than two points

fewer than the others.

“That will be achieved by winning football matches. Everything

else is irrelevant.”