Boss upbeat despite defeat

17 February 2011 09:30
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez did his best to remain upbeat in defeat after his side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Bolton. Martinez, who made nine changes for the game, focused on the performances of three unnamed players he thinks can boost the club's battle for top-flight survival. He also claimed the "soft" pitch, which is being relaid on Thursday, worked against his side in the 1-0 loss. "I felt some of the individual performances were very good and that is a positive," said Martinez. "But as a team we couldn't adapt to the pitch, which didn't help us to put three or four passes together. We found it quite difficult and Bolton adapted a lot better. "From our point of view, it (the performance) has given us three new players for the next 11 games of the season but quite clearly, we need to relay the pitch so we have a pitch where we can play our football."

Source: PA