Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez was absolutely delighted with the performances of three ‘fringe` players in yesterdays 4-1 win over Hull City in the 3rd round of the FA cup.
James McCarthy, Antonio Amaya and Scott Sinclair has given the boss plenty to think about in terms of team selection for next weeks visit of Aston Villa to the DW Stadium, all three played vital roles in the win against Hull and McCarthy was awarded the sponsors man of the match.
Speaking to the clubs official website Martinez says he is delighted with the attitude shown by the three players and the work that they put in to training and he says all three are developing very well.
Martinez says: ‘I’m delighted with the players who started today who haven’t been playing regularly, they put in a great case to be a big part of Wigan Athletic’s future’
‘What we need is competition for places and players who are ready for what is going on at the club.
‘We don’t want to be a football club who just fight against relegation. Yes, this season we have to make sure we stay in the Premier League, but in the future we want to be looking at getting into Europe, and the players need to be in that frame of mind.
‘As individuals they’ve been patient and professional. I think James McCarthy has worked very hard off the pitch and he showed today that he’s desperate to play for Wigan Athletic and that’s the sort of player we need.
‘Antonio Amaya was very composed and gave everything he had, and then Scott Sinclair is looking stronger and stronger with each game. So those are very good signs, and slowly we’ll get to where we want to be.
‘In their individual positions they were a big threat and they finished the game strong which is always important.
‘For me their approach and attitude is what’s needed, and when you have that it gives you the chance to develop and progress. We’re delighted with today’s game, and now we look towards Aston Villa.”
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