Martinez: Latics must cut out mistakes

The Latics have a chance to secure a morale-boosting victory

against Championship side Preston in the Carling Cup tomorrow but

Martinez says it matters little who the opponents are if they

continue to beat themselves. Wigan have improved since conceding 10

goals in their opening two Premier League games but were undone by

a series of defensive blunders in losing 2-0 to Manchester City on

Sunday. “We are playing against ourselves,” said Martinez, whose

side are 18th in the table with just one win – against Tottenham –

from five games. “It doesn’t matter who the opposition are, if we

don’t do the things right we are going to get punished. “When we

put it together and show what we can do we can compete against

anyone, as the result we had at White Hart Lane showed. “It is

about learning from that and making sure we develop together. “We

want to get rid of that feeling we were left with on Sunday and we

need to stop conceding silly goals because that hides all the good

work we have done in many other areas.” Martinez is now into his

second season as manager at the DW Stadium but feels his side is

still growing. The Spaniard brought in a host of new faces in the

summer and believes they still need more time to settle in. He

said: “We develop that competition within the squad and then

develop those partnerships that allow you to have that feeling on

the pitch – to sense danger and make the right decisions and then

click going forward. “It is important on Wednesday we approach the

game in the right manner and we perform well. “There are certain

aspects you cannot work on on the training ground. “There are

certain feelings you develop between players that you can only do

in matches. These games are ideal for that.” Martinez can see

parallels with the situation at Preston, where Darren Ferguson, who

was appointed in January, has also endured a difficult start to the

campaign. Preston have collected just three points to lie second

bottom of the Championship after seven games. Martinez said:

“Darren Ferguson is working with a new project and players and that

is going to take time. “I have seen them play three times and they

are not far away from getting results. “It is just a matter of time

before they get some positive results and into a good groove, but

hopefully after tomorrow. “In a cup competition it is going to be

completely different. They are going to come here with great desire

and nothing to lose. “It is going to be a welcome distraction from

the league and that could make them very dangerous.” Martinez is

likely to make changes for tomorrow’s third-round tie between the

two clubs. Victor Moses is hoping to start after returning from an

ankle injury as a substitute on Sunday. James McArthur, Mauro

Boselli and Steven Caldwell could also get a start while goalkeeper

Chris Kirkland will hope for another chance after losing his place

to Ali Al Habsi. Martinez said: “We need to utilise the squad and

this game is ideal for that. “There are players that need minutes

and need to be involved, others need to have a rest. “We have got a

large squad and I am very pleased with the squad. “We need minutes

on the pitch and to make sure we carry on making decisions and

gelling together.”