ROBERTO Martinez has promised the real Wigan Athletic will turn up at Norwich this weekend.
Latics surrendered their three-match unbeaten run against Swansea last weekend, crumbling to a dismal 2-0 home defeat.
Martinez blamed the performance – which chairman Dave Whelan called the worst he’d seen in years – on the midweek international programme that saw eight of his side jetting out to play for their countries. This week, however, there will be no such excuses.
And, with the bonus of an added day’s preparation before Sunday’s televised game, Martinez is expecting greater things from his under-fire players.
“We obviously weren’t happy with the preparation before last week’s game against Swansea,” he told the Evening Post.
“It will have affected many teams, but we were probably the worst affected because we had players representing their countries in all corners of the world.
“Thankfully, this week we have got adequate time to prepare for the Norwich game, and the luxury of an extra day because of the Sunday kick-off.
“That will allow us to pay special attention to details, and treat each and every one of the players in an individual manner.
“The players who went away last week and pushed themselves to play last weekend need the rest, whereas some of the other players will be spending time on technical work and sharpening up.
“The extra 24 hours gives us the perfect preparation going into the game, and we’ll definitely be looking to put right the wrongs of last week.”
Many ‘experts’ had written Norwich off as relegation fodder before a ball had been kicked, but the Canaries have surprised many with the way they have taken to life back in the Premier League.
Having kicked off with a 1-1 draw at the DW on the opening day of the season, Paul Lambert’s men have been a breath of fresh air for the top flight.
And Martinez admits they fully deserve their current position in the safety of mid-table.
“I think when we saw Norwich on the opening day of the season we saw exactly what we were going to get from them,” he acknowledged.