Martinez wary of revitalised Reds

10 November 2010 11:02
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes Liverpool are a different prospect now to the side which was beaten 1-0 at the DW Stadium last season.[LNB] However, he is looking for the same "complete performance" against them from his players on Wednesday night.[LNB]The Reds were on a downward spiral under Rafael Benitez when they were defeated by Martinez's side in March, on their way to a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League.[LNB]Since then the Merseysiders have changed their management and ownership, and on Wednesday evening Roy Hodgson will take them back to the scene of that result in good form.[LNB]After a poor start to the 2010-11 campaign, Liverpool have won their last three league fixtures, including an impressive 2-0 triumph over champions Chelsea on Sunday.[LNB]Martinez has played down talk of the Latics repeating last year's feat, although he knows the potential is within his team to cause another upset.[LNB]"You need to remember there is a different manager in charge for Liverpool and they do things slightly differently - those little things are important," Martinez said.[LNB]"But it has been mentioned at the training ground about what happened last season and the feeling we had.[LNB]"It was probably one of our best performances in the last campaign in terms of a total, complete performance and that is something we are capable of doing."[LNB]Martinez feels if Wigan are to halt Liverpool's momentum - and hoist themselves out of the bottom three - they will need luck to be on their side rather than desert them as it did in their 2-1 defeat at Blackburn on Saturday when Charles N'Zogbia had what would have been the opening goal disallowed for an apparent foul in the build-up.[LNB]"Looking at the Liverpool side now, they play with huge energy and confidence - they were a joy to watch against Chelsea and you can start to see Roy Hodgson's hand on that side," Martinez said.[LNB]"Sometimes in football you need to be lucky and have a little bit of luck when you play the top sides - it is really important.[LNB]"I think we need to carry on with what we are good at - be stubborn, show good arrogance on the ball and make sure that we show we are playing at home.[LNB]"On the other side you need to understand that you are playing against an outstanding team with fantastic talent, and they are in a very good moment of form.[LNB]"That always has to be in mind, and it would be a big difference playing Liverpool six weeks ago to playing them now.[LNB]"But we are ready and we are hurt from what happened at the weekend.[LNB]"It is the moment not to drop our standards and make sure we change that feeling around the football club quickly."

Source: Team_Talk