Martinez thrilled with 'important' win

BY foxsports • January 17, 2010

Roberto Martinez hailed Wigan's "complete performance" as they ended a five-game run without a win by triumphing 2-0 over Wolves at Molineux.

Second half goals from James McCarthy and Charles N'Zogbia earned victory for the Latics, who had a first half penalty from Hugo Rodallega saved by Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.

Wolves defender Richard Stearman and Wigan midfielder Hendry Thomas were both sent off by referee Howard Webb for two bookable offences.

Martinez said: "Coming away from home, we knew that Wolves were going to start very brightly and we coped with that really well.

"On top of that we looked very dangerous on the break and created good chances in the first half.

"We needed to remember Wolves are a side who are going to test you and the biggest positive of our performance was that we looked really solid and looked worthy of a clean sheet.

"It looked like it might be one of those days given the way their keeper played. We've had a few occasions like that this season.

"It was a real test of character with missing a penalty, hitting a post and then the opposition going down to 10 men and looking solid behind the ball.

"But instead of being sorry for ourselves we found the answers and showed a maturity in our play. It was a very important win and it was a complete performance."

Martinez was particularly pleased with the performance of N'Zogbia, who caused constant problems round the right flank.

He explained: "We all know about his quality and how good he is in one versus one situations - but his workrate today was also fantastic.

"He has been in good form all season. He is enjoying good moments in his career but he will carry on getting better and developing."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had no complaints except with referee Webb for inadvertently giving Wigan a helping hand with their first goal.

He said: "We made mistakes which cost us but the referee put a block in on David Jones which impeded him for the first goal.

"When Marcus made the initial save, I would have liked one of my players to have had the chance to get the rebound rather than be blocked by the ref - but that is the only beef I have got with him.

"I've got no problems with the sending off of Richard (Stearman) and it was not the most sane thing I've seen.

"The ball was going out of play but as a young player you do things and then wonder why afterwards, and I am sure he will. I've no problem with the decision but it has cost us."

McCarthy was full of praise for Hahnemann, who made several fine saves.

He said: "Marcus has done well for us since he came into the side and I thought he was fantastic again.

"This is a setback for us but we had something similar at home to Birmingham and then came back and won three of the next four games."


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