Martinez wants clinical touch
Roberto Martinez admits his Wigan side need to be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to stay in the Premier League.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 11/03/12 9:13pm
Roberto Martinez admits his Wigan side need to be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to win enough games to stay in the Premier League.
The Latics earned a credible 1-1 draw at Norwich on Sunday, but missed a rare opportunity to take all three points courtesy of some wayward finishing.
Martinez, though, could not fault the effort made by his side, having fallen behind to a Wes Hoolahan strike before Victor Moses levelled in the second-half.
"One of the reasons we don't win more football games is that we lack that composure in front of goal and today is was clear," the Spaniard told Sky Sports.
"But after going 1-0 down, I couldn't be happier with the manner in which we played the rest of the game.
"It's a positive result and we have to take that into the next game."
Martinez believes his side paid the price for allowing Norwich to play their own game, but hailed the impact made by his second-half substitutes Shaun Maloney and Mohammed Diame.
"I think it took us 50 minutes to get into the game. We knew - Norwich at home - that they play with real momentum and I felt that we got heavily punished in that period," said Martinez.
"We didn't start the game as well as we wanted. But after that we found time and space on the ball, we grew into the game and, by the end, we had created the best chances.
"I felt we controlled the last bit of the game when we brought new players on."
However, Diame missed arguably Wigan's best chance to take the lead when he got underneath the ball when picked out in the box by Maloney.
Martinez refused to single out Diame for the miss, focusing instead on the impact made by Maloney, who has impressed the Spaniard in training of late.
He said: "Shaun has been working really, really well and I think with his technical ability he used the space really well, he got into very good areas - it was a very good performance from Shaun.
"I was really pleased for him because nobody deserves it more than him. Finally, he's getting the rewards he deserves."