Martinez tips Torres to find form

BY foxsports • April 8, 2011

Latics have struggled in front of goal all season and, like Torres, are anxious to start scoring as the season draws to a close. Their need is pressing as they prepare for Saturday's daunting clash against Torres and company at Stamford Bridge as the Premier League's bottom side. Wigan have struck just 29 times this season - the lowest total in the competition - and have just seven games to preserve their top-flight status. Torres' troubles are more personal as he is still waiting for his first goal since his headline-grabbing move from Liverpool in January. Martinez said: "There has been a lot of things said about Fernando Torres but it is quite clear he is going to be a fantastic signing. "I feel he is going to become a bargain for Chelsea. "It is always difficult to move from one club to another halfway through the season. "He is still settling in and still adapting to a new football club but Fernando Torres is one of the best strikers in European football and that is a real asset to have. "Going to Stamford Bridge is a difficult game for anyone in the league or European football, but I feel we are excited and we have nothing to lose. "Our goalscoring is an area we want to improve but we have created enough chances and are getting into good positions to score goals. "As long as you create the chances and get into good positions, the goals will come. "The way the players have been working on a daily basis that bit of luck is going to come and I will always measure our goalscoring ability by the chances we create rather than the goals we score." Despite being written off in many quarters, Wigan are just three points behind 14th-placed Blackburn. Martinez knows a good run of results could see his side pull away from the danger zone and he is convinced his team are playing well enough to do that. The Spaniard, whose side have collected four points from their last two games, said: "I just feel that in the last seven games we have really clicked as a team. "I think we have developed really strong partnerships on the pitch and a real understanding and chemistry. "It is a real shame we haven't got another 30 games to go because I feel all the hard work is finally paying off. "We are quite clear facing the challenges we have got. We are going to enjoy that. "We have got 21 points to play for and I have great confidence we are going to get enough points to have another successful season." Martinez is also not concerned that five of Wigan's remaining seven games will be played away from home. Everton and West Ham are the only sides left to visit the DW Stadium this season while the Latics must travel to Chelsea, Blackpool, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke. Martinez said: "If you look at our stats, we have been quite a strong side away from home. "If not in terms of points, we have been solid and have always looked as if we can get a result away. "I don't think it is going to make a real difference for us. Home or away, we always play in the same way. "We are going to go and win football games. We are capable of doing that anywhere." Wigan are at full strength this weekend with captain Gary Caldwell available after emergency dental work. The Scotland defender had three teeth damaged in a clash with Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko last week. Martinez accepts the pressure on his side to get results but is confident they can handle it. He said: "Everyone is fit and desperate to help the football club. "You don't see that too many times in a bottom team in the league. "That is what we have got, the characters we have got. "They are all ready and excited about getting to our objective as quickly as we can."

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