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Martinez gives fringe players second chance
Published : 28 Aug 2009 12:24:00
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is prepared to give his under-performing players a second chance but he will not tolerate continued poor standards. The Spaniard made nine changes for the midweek Carling Cup tie at Championship side Blackpool but those squad members crashed to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat. Martinez will revert to his first-choice line-up for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Everton. But he insists many of those fringe players on duty at Bloomfield Road still have an opportunity in the future to break into the starting line-up. "It is important every time you have an opportunity you need to show what you can do and what you can bring to the team on a regular basis," said the Latics boss, who was furious with the display on Wednesday night. "It doesn't help when you don't perform as a team or individually. Every day is a chance. I look at the daily standards and the pride they show in every session. But I think the games are important because more than anything it is not the attitude but the partnerships you can create on the pitch, the little patterns of play. "If you make sure you are ready and your attitude is spot on your football can allow you to progress and have an important role at the football club and that is what we want from every player. The players are playing with their own careers so in that respect it is serious."