Planning pays off for Martinez

Ian Hollway and Roberto Martinez at the start of the game
Ian Hollway and Roberto Martinez at the start of the game
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ROBERTO Martinez revealed he spent an age working out his tactics ahead of Saturday’s game to give his team the best chance of beating Pool.

The Wigan manager said it was tougher planning for the Seasiders than for their previous opponents Tottenham and Chelsea.

That’s because of Ian Holloway’s attacking style.

But after recording only their third away win of the season, Martinez clearly did his job well.

The Wigan boss said: “I felt we played really against Chelsea and Spurs and it was disappointing not to get a win (his side lost 1-0 at Chelsea after drawing with Tottenham).

“But I felt that with the way Blackpool play, we had to be even better tactically than against the last two teams and I was extremely proud of the tactical awareness of the players.

“I thought we coped with Blackpool really well. We are disappointed to have conceded the goal but overall we looked a real threat, worked really hard and looked like a team.”

Martinez is confident the 3-1 victory can be the start of a successful fight against relegation.

Wigan’s 3-1 win means the Seasiders have replaced them in the bottom three and Martinez added: “It was a huge, huge victory.

“We knew the points were important, but more significant (was whether) we could perform under the pressure and expectations of this fixture.

“And I was so, so pleased in the manner that we understood what we had to do and controlled Blackpool.

“I’ve seen Blackpool many times this season and I haven’t seen teams who have been able to cope with their real threat going forward, and that was probably the really pleasing aspect.

“The players have been showing a great level in the last eight games without getting the wins, which is why this is probably even bigger than a normal result.

“I am extremely proud of the players. I felt we deserved the win and it is a very, very important step forward, but there are still five to go.”

Martinez saved his highest praise for Charles N’Zogbia, who scored Wigan’s second goal and was the best player on the pitch.

He added: “There has been a lot of talk about Charles. He is an exciting player, who relies on his raw talent and gets in great one-against-one situations.

“But if you want to highlight one thing about Charles’ performance at Blackpool it is his work-rate off the ball. Overall, it was a very good performance.”