Martinez rues missed chances

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City at DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic v Manchester City at DW Stadium

WIGAN manager Roberto Martinez admitted his side paid a high price for failing to convert their chances in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last night.

Latics gave as good as they and arguably edged the opening hour, but didn’t work England goalkeeper Joe Hart enough in the visitors’ goal.

And City’s class told in the end as goals from Mario Balotelli and James Milner gave them all three points.

“From our point of view, I think we edged the game for 60 minutes,” assessed Martinez.

“We were so good off the ball, and defensively I thought the partnerships were very strong.

“We frustrated Manchester City and kept them to just one shot on target in the first half.

“We are disappointed because on the ball we couldn’t be our normal selves.

“We got in great positions and had as many corners but we are better on the ball than that.

“The disappointment is we couldn’t get the first goal in that period of 60 minutes.

“Overall it is very disappointing to lose a football game and not get that positive result after the manner the team worked.”

Martinez also admitted the overall feeling was utter disappointment even given the high quality of opposition.

“I loved the attitude, effort and personality that we showed. We kept showing that desire,” he added.

“It was a very pleasing performance from many aspects - but we are still disappointed.

“I don’t want to be a Wigan Athletic representative saying we are happy to lose with a good performance against the champions.

“That is not accepted any more. It is not good enough for us. We are disappointed we couldn’t get a positive result.”

“We found it quite tough going in the first half, we had some stray passes but we ground it out in the second half and that`s a great three points,” Barry told Sky Sports 2.

“Credit to Wigan, we had to change things to get past them.

“When the game is going our way the manager is the best tactician there is, that`s the world we live in.

“A lot of teams come to Wigan and don`t get results. These are vital points that have come our way.”

City are unbeaten this season and Mancini was pleased to get the better of a side he has a lot of respect for.

“I am happy. We didn’t play very well in the first half, we know Wigan are a good team,” he said.

On his changes, he added: “Wigan play with three defenders and two in the channels. I wanted to put players in the same positions as them and when we changed it, we scored the first goal. After that, the match changed.

“When we have played against Wigan it has been a difficult match because they play very well.”