Roberto looking forward to exciting clash

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez believes Saturday’s game with Tottenham will be an end-to-end encounter – which will suit Latics down to the ground.

Both sides will see the game as must-win – Latics to get out of the relegation mire and Spurs to maintain their Champions League charge.

And Martinez reckons that – as well as home advantage – will play into his side’s hands.

“Spurs will come here with a really attacking way of playing, like they always do,” he told the Evening Post.

“But we will be in the same boat, and we are desperate to play at home.

“This is the stage of the season where you really need your fans around you, and for that feel-good factor to kick in.

“We have waited for this home comfort after four away games in a row, and we’ll need it because Saturday will be a very tough game indeed.

“Spurs are one of the best teams in this division, but we have shown we can compete against anyone on our day.

“We had a very good performance at White Hart Lane earlier this season when we won 1-0, and we’ll need to hit that same level this weekend.”

Latics will have their work cut out keeping Gareth Bale quiet, and the Wigan boss is a fully paid-up member of the Welshman’s fan club.

“Gareth was very impressive last season, but then a player has to prove whether he is a one-season wonder or someone who is capable of going on to a different level,” Martinez added.

“Clearly he’s stepped up again, and is someone who can win games single-handedly.

“Stopping him is easier said than done, but it involves good concentration levels and being well-organised.

“If you play a game to stop only one player, you are losing the focus of what you are trying to do as a team.