Martinez demands Latics response

Martinez’s side produced one of their best performances of the

season to beat Liverpool last Monday but then slumped 4-0 to their

relegation rivals at the Reebok Stadium. Such inconsistency has

been the story of Wigan’s campaign but Martinez has no doubt they

will bounce back from this latest setback. The Spaniard said: “It

has happened the whole campaign and it is important we learn from

it. “But whenever we have a disappointment we get together and we

get stronger as a whole – that is the reaction we need on Tuesday.

“In some areas we didn’t cope with the disappointment of certain

decisions or the goals we conceded. “But I am pleased with the way

everybody is getting ready for the game on Tuesday. That is the way

we have to be at this stage of the season. “It was an outstanding

performance against Liverpool – that is what we are capable of and

we have to make sure we get that on a regular basis. To do that you

need to get ready for the next game.” The defeat to neighbours

Bolton has left the Latics still with much to do to secure their

top-flight status for another season. Wigan are only four points

clear of the relegation zone with just 10 games remaining. They are

at least close to full fitness with captain Mario Melchiot their

only major absentee with the thigh injury that has kept him out for

the last two games. Martinez added: “We need to make sure we learn

from the painful lesson and become a stronger squad, a stronger

football club and be ready for the next challenge. “This squad has

got a huge sense of responsibility and great character. “We are all

getting frustrated when we cannot get that consistency in our

performances but I get the sense they cannot wait to get out on the

field again.” Wigan take on a Villa side for whom victory would

greatly enhance their chances of claiming fourth place. Martin

O’Neill’s men have enjoyed an outstanding campaign having also

reached the Carling Cup final and with an FA Cup semi-final to

prepare for. Martinez said: “We are facing an exciting team in

Villa. “We all know the power and quality they have up front and

the talent in the wide areas. “It is going to be an open game and

one both sides will want to win. “They are the sort of games the

players want to be involved in and they really can’t wait to get

out there.” Martinez must decide whether or not to retain

18-year-old prodigy Victor Moses, who was handed his first Latics

start in the Bolton defeat. Wigan pulled off a coup to land the

striker from Crystal Palace in January but Martinez has so far

opted to use him sparingly. Martinez said: “He has shown what he is

capable of in training and he looks ready for the Premier League.

“I thought he adapted well and he looked himself. He worked very

hard and enjoyed himself and it is unfortunate that as a team we

were really soft in our defending.”