Martinez: We were lucky

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ROBERTO Martinez acknowledged his side got out of jail at QPR yesterday after producing “the worst performance we’ve had this season”.

Latics had been playing against 10 for over three-quarters of the game after the early sending-off of Bobby Zamora.

But they struggled to break down the Hoops, and looked like they’d been hit by a sucker pounch when Loic Remy stroked home a beauty to put Rangers in front with just six minutes remaining.

Thankfully, Shaun Maloney rescued a point with a 94th-minute free-kick, and Martinez admits he was grateful to leave Loftus Road with a point.

“It’s a great point because we were 1-0 down and a late goal like that is a point gained, there’s no two ways about it,” the Wigan boss said.

“But overall we were very poor and I think that’s the worst performance we’ve had this season. We were cagey.

“If anything the sending-off went against us. We are a team that enjoy having the ball and we can open teams up but we made it a hard task.

“The players know that they haven’t done things as well as they should have done but that result is very, very important.”

Martinez reckoned referee Phil Dowd was completely justified in sending-off Zamora for an ugly lunge that caught Jordi Gomez in the face - even though it arguably hampered his side’s attempts to win the game.

“We are a team that concentrate on ourselves and what we do with the ball but for some reason the tension and the meaning of the game got the best of us,” Martinez added.

“The sending-off gives an opportunity for the home side to be the underdogs and the crowd were magnificent with them so we were cagey.

“All of a sudden we allowed ourselves to be frustrated and that’s the worst thing in football.

“In football you can win, lose or draw but you have to be yourself and impose yourself but we couldn’t do it.”