Latics went to West Brom on Saturday looking to get back on track following last weeks defeat to Arsenal, they did just that with a great 2-1 away win, thanks to goals from Victor Moses and Jordi Gomez.
After the game both managers, Roberto Martinez and Roy Hodgson, spoke about the game, let’s see what they had to say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
‘I couldn’t be any prouder of the players after that performance’
‘The way we defended in that second half was fantastic, but also in the first half I felt we were magnificent.
‘It was one of those games where you have to show many different aspects in your play.
‘First and foremost, we had to take the sting out of the game, and play like we do at home – keeping the ball and opening West Brom’s two banks of four.
‘I feel we did that very, very well and it took an outstanding free-kick for them to score.
‘From then on it was a real test of character, and one that we came through with flying colours.
‘In the last 10-15 minutes, you would expect West Brom to build up a real threat and real momentum, and you have to show a completely different set of qualities.
‘You are looking for real character, real resilience, real concentration and we did just that.
“We managed to see the game out, we coped with everything they had to throw at us and I’m extremely proud of every single one of the players.
‘It’s a fantastic three points and I hope the fans are as proud of the players as I am.’
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson:
‘It’s one of those strange games, really, where I’m quite pleased with the performance, in particular the second half, when I think we played extremely well’
‘I don’t think we can play a lot better than that.
‘Yet still we concede a goal from Wigan’s only sortee into our penalty area.
‘After that, we were 2-1 down and we really took the game to them.
‘The ball was dancing around that six-yard box, their keeper’s making saves, people are getting blocks in and there is corner after corner.
‘It was one of those where you thought ‘if we keep playing like this a goal has got to come’.
‘But it didn’t – and Wigan rode that situation to come away with a very good victory.
‘There has been lots of games this year, even games we’ve got something out of, where I’ve been a lot less satisfied with the way the players have played.
‘If we can guarantee in every game from now on that we will dominate the opponent as much as we dominated Wigan, we would win most of our games.
‘It wasn’t to be but not because we played particularly badly or didn’t make enough effort to win the game.
‘I think it was just not to be because their goal had that magic spell today – and we couldn’t quite break that magic spell.’
Moses and Martinez celebrate the equalising goal
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
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