16-page Wembley Fever special in the Wigan Observer

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ROBERTO Martinez will spend much of this week pondering which 11 players will take to the field at Wembley on Saturday.

It will be arguably the biggest selection dilemma of Martinez’s managerial career and you can read the full story in our fantastic Wembley Fever supplement free in this week’s Wigan Observer.

Informing the players who have made the starting XI will be the easy bit.

Telling those who haven’t made the cut won’t be so straight-forward.

At least no one can say Martinez won’t understand the full ramifications.

As a player, the Spaniard missed out on both the Auto Windscreens Shield final of 1999, and the Division Two play-off final the following season.

And although he bears no grudges to either Ray Mathias or John Benson, he is hoping to make it third time lucky this weekend – on the other side of the touchline.

“I think going to Wembley is completely different being a manager than a player,” Martinez told the Observer.

“As a player, it’s a very individual feeling, and you look forward so much to those emotions because it inspires you to perform well.

“As a manager, you can only really enjoy the day when the game has finished, and you’re looking back at how it all panned out and whether you achieved your dreams.

“It will be fascinating just to be involved in the latest chapter of our football club, going to Wembley, and being part of such a magnificent event.”