Martinez pleased by reaction

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was pleased with the performance of

his 10 men in Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Maynor Figueroa was sent off and Newcastle were awarded a

penalty when the Wigan man barged Papiss Cisse inside the area

early on.

Demba Ba converted from the spot and then added a second on 21

minutes to leave the visitors facing an uphill struggle but they

responded manfully before Gael Bigirimana added some gloss to the


“It became a very difficult game in 10 minutes when you give a

two-goal cushion and go a man down,” Martinez told Sky Sports.

“But I was pleased with was the reaction of the players in the

second half. It would have been very easy to feel sorry for


“I was extremely proud with the reaction of my players. We gave

a real feeling of fear to the Newcastle side. We got on the ball.

Unfortunately we couldn’t get that early (second-half) goal that

you need.”

The Latics boss was frustrated by the sending off of Figueroa

that turned the game in the home side’s favour.

“It was a big decision. You need to be certain of a decision

like that,” added the Spaniard.

“For me, it was between the two players. I think Maynor Figueroa

is allowed to challenge for that ball and we are unfortunate.

“But you’re going to get that in football. What I’m pleased with

is the way we reacted.”

Wigan now face a potential relegation six-pointer against

bottom-club QPR on Saturday but Martinez is optimistic despite the

scoreline on Monday evening.

He added: “The players are going to get their rewards if they

keep doing that. We need to take it into the next home game.”