Moses - boss was right to bench me

Bad day at the office - James McCarthy and Antolin Alcaraz argue over the cause of Gylfi Sigurdsson's opening goal
Bad day at the office - James McCarthy and Antolin Alcaraz argue over the cause of Gylfi Sigurdsson's opening goal

VICTOR Moses has backed Roberto Martinez’s decision to rest him for last weekend’s defeat to Swansea.

The Latics winger was one of three star names left on the bench by Martinez, which prompted Dave Whelan to publicly call for a meeting with the manager yesterday to explain his team selection.

Moses, along with Hugo Rodallega and Momo Diame, appeared in the second half but was unable to inspire a Latics fightback, as they slumped to a damaging seventh home defeat of the campaign.

Despite being erroneously billed in some quarters as a ‘make-or-break’ summit, Martinez and Whelan’s meeting was little more than their weekly catch-up to discuss team affairs.

Indeed, the chairman confirmed last night he had been completely reassured by his manager’s reasoning and remained totally supportive of the Spaniard.

And Moses himself confirmed he had no quibbles with the decision to bench him – after an energy-sapping few days that saw him jet out to Nigeria and then Rwanda to make his international debut for the Super Eagles.

“Obviously it’s never nice when you’re not playing, but it’s the manager’s decision and I was feeling tired after being away with Nigeria,” Moses told the Evening Post.

“I’d done a lot of travelling in a short space of time – and it’s not an ideal way to prepare for a football match.

“The fans probably don’t realise that travelling so far for a game in midweek really does take it out of you – out of your legs especially.

“A couple of the other lads were the same – only getting back on Friday evening – and when you’re going out there with tired legs, that’s when you’re risking getting injuries – which obviously the gaffer is trying to prevent.

“If you’re away from the club between Monday and Friday, it’s also hard to be fully focused on the game with the preparation, so I understood the decision.”

Moses also predicted a big response from Latics – after a full week of preparation under their belts – when they travel to Norwich this weekend.

“What happened last week was part and parcel of the game, but the gaffer knows what he’s doing and we’ll be aiming to bounce back at Norwich,” he added.

“We weren’t on our game last weekend, but it’s happened now and it’s up to us to bounce back – and I’m sure we will.”