Roberto Martinez furious over 'ridiculous' scheduling

 

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez last night launched an angry tirade at the Premier League for their decision to host a number of matches just hours before the closure of the transfer window.

Martinez watched on in despair as his Wigan team slumped to another defeat last night - this time at Tottenham, where they lost 3-1 thanks to a double from Gareth Bale and Luka Modric's first-half strike.

His task was made harder by the fact that he had to drop star striker Hugo Rodallega to the bench after he became unsettled by talk of him leaving the Latics on deadline day, with Tottenham one of a number of clubs linked with the Colombian.

Martinez believes the decision to play games just over three hours before the closure of the window at 11pm was a terrible idea and is sure that it inhibited his team's chances of pulling off an unlikely victory at White Hart Lane.

The Wigan boss said: "From our point of view, I don't think it was a good idea.

"It becomes a bit of a circus. One of my players (Rodallega) was in the middle of that speculation and it's not the right way to approach one of the most important games for this football club. I don't think it's the right thing. You want to make it a really special moment of the season and there's nothing bigger than a football game.

"It's just ridiculous. It affects human beings. Hugo today had a little bit of a soft tissue problem... but it was a big day of speculation and that should never be bigger than the celebration of the game, which is playing football."

Bale put Spurs ahead in the 29th minute with a left-foot volley before Modric made it 2-0 five minutes later with a fierce 18-yard drive.

Bale's second from a similar distance killed off the game in the second period before substitute James McArthur scored Wigan's consolation 10 minutes from time.

Bale was denied a hat-trick three times in the closing stages and looked a menace throughout, much to the joy of Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

He said: "Bale was terrific tonight. He is an amazing talent.

"He's unstoppable when he's like that."

Martinez, whose team are still bottom of the table and are now four points from safety, criticised referee Lee Probert for not sending off Benoit Assou-Ekotto for a tackle on Franco Di Santo in the second half.

The Italian had to be substituted after the Cameroon full-back opened up a large cut on the striker's shin with a studs up challenge that went unpunished by the referee.

Martinez said: "It was a red card. It was high. Big decisions against us seem to get forgotten too easily. I was shocked and surprised when Lee Probert didn't show the red card because he was in a great position.

"He had a good game. We were very fortunate because Franco escaped the tackle with minor injury and I've seen broken legs from (tackles like) that."

PA

Voices
Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
charity appeal
Sport
Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather
boxing Exclusive: Amir Khan reveals plans to travel to Pakistan
Arts and Entertainment
Strictly finalists Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge
tvLive: Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge face-off in the final
Sport
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
footballRonnie Moore says 'he's served his time and the boy wants to play football'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture