Martinez demands Latics response

The Spaniard kept his squad in the dressing room for the best part

of an hour after the 2-0 midweek defeat. Although he refused to

reveal what was said to the players, he believes he got his point

across and expects to see a response when they come up against

former Latics boss Steve Bruce at Sunderland on Saturday. “Everyone

wants to know what happens and what was the reaction,” said

Martinez, who lists Johan Cruyff, John Toshack (at Real Sociedad),

and former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi as his inspirations in

management. “It goes down to the moment. Whatever the reaction is

it has to be natural. “I think if you get someone who is trying to

play a role it doesn’t get the same effect. “When you are natural

sometimes you have to shout, sometimes you have to be calmer – it

depends on the situation. “I could have shouted but as a manager

you probably learn more from the bad managers than the good ones

because the things you shouldn’t do in a dressing room have a

massive impact. “It is quite clear here we are a group of

responsible people who need to learn from the mistakes and the

things we are not doing well. “How you do that depends, as

different players need different treatment and different

approaches.” Martinez has found himself having to pick up his side

on a number of occasions this season, having been hammered 9-1 at

Tottenham, lost 5-0 twice to Manchester United and been beaten 4-0

at bottom side Portsmouth. However, despite the regular knock-backs

he believes the squad are growing as a unit. “We have the right

characters and when you have that it gives you a chance to react in

the right manner,” he said. “We have had real lows and

disappointments this season and we have always reacted in the right

way. “We have that feeling we can’t wait to get on the pitch again.

“It has been a tough 14 days because we had a very good performance

at Wolves (a 2-0 win), we felt we should have had more out of the

second half against Blackburn (2-1 defeat) and the Everton game

(1-0 loss) was very harsh on us. “It turned out to be a really

tough day against Notts County. “You feel nothing is going your way

and we are in one of those periods. “But we need to make sure we

don’t drop our standards. The players have a responsibility to

change things around.”