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‘Not a fair reflection’: Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez feels scoreline flattered Chelsea

By Colin Henrys

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez felt the Latics could have earned at least a point against Chelsea despite suffering a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Shaun Maloney’s second-half goal gave Wigan hope after Ramires and Eden Hazard put
Chelsea in front but late goals for Frank Lampard and Marko Marin secured a home victory.

Martinez felt the scoreline was not a fair reflection of the game however and believes a
Wigan equaliser at 2-1 down would have made for an entirely different match.

“I did feel that, if we’d got the equaliser, the ending would have been very interesting,” the
Spaniard told BBC Sport.

“We were long enough in Chelsea’s defensive third, and we had that presence there.

“I had to stretch the game, open up and leave ourselves exposed and on the counter-attack
Chelsea took advantage of that.”

With the score at 2-1 Wigan felt they could have had a penalty too after Ronnie Stam’s
goalbound effort struck Ashley Cole’s hand.

Martinez admitted he thought it was a penalty but felt luck had just not been on the Latics’
side.

“Sometimes you get those decisions going your way, other times you don’t,” he told the club
website.

“Perhaps today was one of those games when luck wasn’t on our side.”

“It came at a pivotal point. A penalty and the chance of an equaliser would have changed the
dynamics of the game.”

The defeat leaves Wigan in the bottom three however, two points behind 17th-place Reading.

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