Wigan 1 Norwich City 0 match report: Roberto Martinez says it's a proud time to be a Wigan fan
Sunday 31 March 2013
Roberto Martinez believes Wigan Athletic's run to the FA Cup semi-final has been the inspiration behind their recent revival in the Premier League. Arouna Kone's goal against Norwich means Wigan have now won five out of their last six games in both competitions and three out of four in the league.
They face Queen's Park Rangers next weekend before a cup semi-final against Millwall at Wembley, for which they will be favourites.
"I know from the outside the table always is the exciting thing but for us it's the points tally; 30 points is not enough to stay in this league, unfortunately," Martinez said. "We've got eight games left. It's a very good moment in terms of the performances that we're putting together now. The competition for places is the highest that we've had in the last four years. Every game left now is a significant one. And then we've got the nice distraction of playing at Wembley. It's a very important time for the fans [and] a proud one for the club."
Martinez has told his young midfielder Callum McManaman to learn from Kone after his sixth goal in as many games. McManaman, 21, made all the headlines in the build-up to the game as the fallout from his knee-high tackle on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara two weeks ago rolls on, but it was Kone who stole the show at the DW Stadium.
"What he's doing with us now shows he's a man that's ready to pass influence to our youngsters," Martinez said. "And I hope that Callum McManaman and the youngsters at the club can learn a lot from Arouna."
Goal: Wigan Athletic Kone 81. Substitutions: Wigan Athletic McArthur 6 (McManaman, 66), Di Santo (Kone, 90). Norwich City Holt (Kamara, 80), Becchio (Hoolahan, 85), Tettey (Howson, 85). Booked: Wigan Athletic Scharner. Norwich City E Bennett, Holt. Man of the match Kone. Match rating 5/10. Possession: Wigan 45%. Norwich City 55%. Attempts on target: Wigan 6. Norwich City 5. Referee H Webb (S Yorks). Attendance 17,784
Latest in Sport
Why does Manuel Pellegrini keep picking Martin Demichelis for Manchester City?
England 29 Wales 18 player ratings: Who was the star man at Twickenham?
David Meyler, Samuel Eto'o and the best, most controversial and bizarre goal celebrations
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: 10 reasons for Arsenal to be optimistic of Champions League progress
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pleads for 'fair chance' from referee as Arsenal look to turn around Champions League deficit
- 1 Bad cattitude: Family call police after crazed and 'hostile cat with a history of violence' attacks baby before attempting to 'flee custody'
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home