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Martinez rallies players for cup clash

25 Aug 2009 14:31:00

Martinez rallies players for cup clash

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told his players to put the 5-0 defeat to Manchester United behind them as they head to Blackpool for a Carling Cup second-round tie on Wednesday. Having held out for 56 minutes against the Barclays Premier League champions, the Latics were overrun in the latter stages of their home game on Saturday. But Martinez, in his debut season as a top flight manager, believes his side will have learned much from that result and expects to see an improvement at Bloomfield Road. "They are very mature and I think they are well aware it was not a 5-0," he said. "The distance you think with 5-0 is clear dominance with a team scoring early on and taking it from there, but the players know we were unfortunate not to score. "We had a few chances and then after that the lesson to learn is that whatever happens on the scoreline it should not affect the way we play, our priorities or our jobs on the pitch. "For an hour we were as good as Manchester United. Until United's second goal we matched them very well. What we want is to slowly, with games against them, get closer to them with the way we want to play."


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