We were the better team - Martinez

Joe Hart makes a phenomenal save from Franco di Santo in the first half
Joe Hart makes a phenomenal save from Franco di Santo in the first half

ROBERTO Martinez admitted Wigan Athletic only had themselves to blame for failing to beat Manchester City last night.

Latics dominated the majority of the Etihad encounter – a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup Final next month – but failed to make the most of the chances they created.

And they were hit by a real sucker-punch at the death when Carlos Tevez curled a beauty past Joel Robles into the top corner for the only goal.

The result leaves them three points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand on their relegation rivals. “We didn’t take our chances – it’s as simple as that,” acknowledged Martinez.

“I thought we were magnificent from start to finish, and we created four very good chances.

“I don’t think many teams come to the Etihad and create four very good chances in open play.

“But those chances need to finish in the back of the net – and that’s why we lost the game.

“If we do that in every game, we will get a lot of points.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the performance, though. You can only be better than the opposition and I think that’s what we were.”

Opposite number Roberto Mancini recognised his men got out of jail with a victory they scarcely deserved.

The Manchester City boss also backed Wigan to play their way out of the drop zone, because they “don’t deserve to be relegated”.

Mancini said: “Wigan played really well, and every game we play against them is difficult because they play football and they like to win every game.

“I think they will stay up because they played very well. They don’t deserve to be relegated.

“And also because Martinez is a good manager. His team play very well.”

Martinez has a slight worry over the fitness of Franco di Santo ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham.

The striker, who had Wigan’s best chance on the night only for Joe Hart to pull off a fabulous save, came off in the latter stages with a calf problem.