Latics stronger than ever - Martinez

BY foxsports • February 20, 2010

Wigan have experienced an up and down season under Martinez, with the high being the victory over Chelsea and the low undoubtedly the hammering at White Hart Lane. Latics face Spurs again in the Premier League on Sunday and Martinez hopes his side can build on their three-game unbeaten run. "It is a compliment that people from the outside feel we can come up and beat anyone on the day," said Martinez. "If we can beat anyone it is because you have the talent or the pattern of play that is difficult to play against. "The job is to be consistent and I feel the last four games the performances have been consistent." Wigan have won just twice since their humiliation at White Hart Lane in November and have drawn their last three in the league to leave them just two points above the relegation zone. Martinez feels he has a much stronger squad than when they first met Spurs, however, and is confident they will be successful in their survival battle. "Looking back I am proud of the way we have matured and really found out a lot about people at the club," he said of the way the players had responded to that potentially-damaging 9-1 defeat. "I felt we have improved a lot on what we have shown in the first half of the campaign. "We look like a team that has a real pride in what we are doing and the next little bit is to find a bit more composure in the final third. "Now I feel the squad is at its strongest and I'm really excited going into the last third of the season." Spurs have had a difficult run since the turn of the year, winning just one of six league matches and scoring just once. However, Martinez insists Sunday's game is not an occasion for revenge. "It is important we don't play the occasion of facing Spurs in the league," he stressed. "Now it is a completely different game but when you play such a talented side like Spurs there is never a good or bad time to play them. "If they are on a bad run you expect them to change it, if they are on a good run they will be playing with confidence. "When you play good sides you need to focus on yourself and unless we are at our best we will not be able to compete with them." Centre-back Titus Bramble is a major doubt to face Spurs because of a hamstring injury sustained in the goalless draw against Bolton in midweek.


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