Martinez issues Diame warning

Mohamed Diame (right) in action here for Senegal
Mohamed Diame (right) in action here for Senegal
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ROBERTO Martinez admits Wigan Athletic’s players will have to keep a close eye on Momo Diame when West Ham visit the DW tomorrow.

But the Latics chief warned of the dangers of concentrating their efforts on just stopping their former colleague.

Diame left Wigan to join the Hammers over the summer after seeing out his three-year contract.

Latics wanted to keep him but were powerless to compete with the money on offer from the East Londoners.

And Diame has quickly settled in to life in the capital, with a string of impressive performances as the Hammers have started the campaign very well.

While no-one is more appreciative of the quality of Diame than Martinez, who plucked him from the Spanish Second Division in 2009, the gaffer believes West Ham are far from a one-man team.

“You look at West Ham, and you have to say that their recruitment over the summer was really powerful and of the highest quality,” Martinez said.

“You’re talking about players like Andy Carroll, Matt Jarvis, Yossi Benayoun as well as Momo, who we all know really well.

“And when you’re facing a team with so much quality you know you’re in for a really tough game.

“West Ham have started very well, and they’re a side who - as well as having quality players throughout the team - are always strong and competitive.

“They’re always very well-drilled at dead-ball situations and we’ll have to be well aware of that aspect of the game.

“But if I’m honest with you, I don’t think we can afford to be looking too much at the opposition.

“We’re in a position where we need to be looking at ourselves to find a way to perfrom at our best for 90 minutes.

“We need to match the performance against Everton in the last home game if we possibly can, and that is the key to getting that positive result or not.”

Latics supporters will NOT be able to pay-on-the-door for next Tuesday’s Capital One Cup round-of-16 clash with Bradford.

Because the Bantams have now sold out of their full allocation, tickets in the home end are now only available to fans already on the ticketing database.

The ticket office will be open until 5pm today, and tomorrow between 10am-3pm and then again after the game against West Ham.

Sales will resume on Monday and Tuesday between 9am and 5pm.