ROBERTO Martinez has hailed the contribution of all three promoted clubs – Blackpool, Newcastle and West Brom – for helping to produce the most entertaining Premier League yet.
Last weekend saw an incredible 41 goals generated from the 10 top-flight matches – the biggest individual tally since the advent of the Premier League in 1992.
Latics did their bit by knocking in four for the first time in the league under Martinez, but that was matched by Newcastle’s four against title-challenging Arsenal, while Blackpool managed three in defeat at Everton.
“Last weekend was a great advert for the Premier League, and it was typical of the nature of this season,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“It has been a very attack-minded season, and it’s obviously great entertainment for the supporters.
“All the emotions the supporters have been through this season have been developing as they have been because of the exciting football in the Premier League, and to witness that amount of goals is fantastic.
“I think the goal tally came as a combination of many factors including the weather we experienced over the weekend, which didn’t help defenders and made it difficult to control the ball in their own half.
“But, in general, I think the attitude of players this season has been a big factor, and with that you have to give credit to the teams who have been promoted – they’ve all tried to play football in the right manner to win games.
“From our point of view, to score four goals at home is an achievement that has been coming from the amount of chances we’ve been creating.
“The quality of the goals were also of the highest order, and we plan to continue on the same lines.”
Martinez also paid tribute to top scorer Hugo Rodallega, whose 50th-minute goal that put Latics ahead also tied the club’s all-time Premier League record held by Senegal hitman Henri Camara.
“It’s a well-deserved record,” Martinez added.
“His work over the season and in recent weeks has earned this landmark.
“To score that amount of goals at Premier League level is an achievement that will stay with him for the rest of his life and the rest of the club’s history.
“At this level, you have to have that natural belief in your ability, and Hugo has that in abundance.
“He plays with that positive approach that he’ll always score goals no matter who the opposition is.”