‘Refreshed’ Moses leads Carrow raid

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VICTOR Moses is recharged and ready to lead Latics’ assault on Carrow Road.

The potent winger was one of three high-profile players benched last week following an energy-sapping schedule owing to their international duty.

But Roberto Martinez said yesterday Moses was fit and ready to help get Wigan on track to recovery in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

He said: “Victor is fully recovered. He is refreshed and ready.

“He came on in the second half last week and after 10 minutes found it really difficult. It was a difficult game for him emotionally – playing his first game for his country (Nigeria) – and then travelling back.

“Physically, as you can imagine, travelling for seven, eight nine hours and then having to compete in one of the best leagues in the world, it’s unfair on the players.

“Now he’s refreshed. He’s worked really well this week.”

Martinez labelled their woeful display in the 2-0 home defeat against Swansea as “a blip” – owing a large part to the disruption of the international matches – and is confident they can reclaim their recent form which saw them claim five points from their previous three fixtures.

“The level in February against Everton, Bolton and Aston Villa deserved nine points – and to get three performances of that calibre shows the group is ready,” the Spaniard said. “We must consider last Saturday as a blip.”

With Latics’ four main relegation rivals facing each other this weekend – Bolton host QPR and Wolves take on Blackburn – they have a glorious chance to climb off the bottom.

Martinez added: “It sounds stupid but we don’t want to be just out, to fall back in.

“In the next 11 games there will be many twists and turns.

“If you get out and don’t get three wins on the trot, you could fall back in.

“I don’t look as this as an opportunity to get out – I see it as an opportunity to get to the level we showed in February, and that’s the direction we need to go in the next 11 games.

“It’s going to be a really tough game at Carrow Road, they have a brave outlook in how they play games and are very unpredictable in how they score goals, and I feel we are ready for that.”

David Jones is out for two weeks with a knee injury but everyone else is fit and available.

And Martinez added: “The players are just desperate to get back onto the pitch and be themselves again. W have been in this situation time after time, so that’s a real advantage for us.”