Roberto Martinez wants Wigan Athletic to use the momentum of their FA Cup fourth round win to beat Stoke City in their Premier League clash at The Britannia Stadium tonight.
Jordi Gomez’s seventh-minute penalty gave the Latics a narrow victory over Macclesfield Town in last weekend’s cup tie to put them in the fifth round for the first time since 1987.
And after taking two points from ten games and slipping to 19th in the Premier League, Martinez wants his side to bring their success to their league games.
“We have to take that winning feeling into Tuesday’s game because we were left disappointed after the previous league game against Sunderland,” he told the club website.
“Going to Macclesfield we were always going to have to show different qualities to what are normally required in the Premier League, and so I was very happy at how we adapted to those demands.
“We need to share that winning feeling around the squad now; we have a strong and tight group who are working hard to compete on two fronts for one another and if they continue to do so the rewards will come.”
Wigan will be without defender Antolin Alcaraz and Fraser Fyvie is a doubt with a soft tissue injury, while James McCarthy could make his 100th league start for the club.
Nine league fixtures between the two sides over the years have provided six draws, one win for Stoke at home in 2009 and two victories for Wigan.
But despite Stoke losing their last three games and winning just one of their last eight, Martinez is wary of their opponent’s threat.
“Stoke are a team that can score from very little thanks to their application from dead-ball situations and organisation,” he said.
“In the same manner we are a brave team who can create problems also, so we’ll look forward to the game and hopefully relieve the happy memories we’ve had at The Britannia Stadium in recent years.
“We’re entering the final third of the season now when we need the points our performances deserve.
“We can’t afford to take any games lightly, especially this one, as Stoke’s home record over the last three years has been exceptional.”
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