Sport

‘Scoreline reflected performance’: Roberto Martinez delighted after Wigan Athletic’s win at Aston Villa

By Michael Kelleher

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez was full of praise for his team after they cruised to a comfortable win against struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Goals from Ivan Ramis, Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone secured an emphatic victory for the Latics which helped them climb out of the relegation zone.

Martinez felt Ramis’ goal after just three minutes was crucial because it put Villa on the back foot and allowed his side to dominate the game.

“It’s not good to play well but not win games and the difference is scoring goals because all of a sudden when you score goals you can dominate the game,” he said.

“That allows you to impose yourself and it was very important to score early bit I thought it was even more important how we played in that period until half-time.

“The home side needs very little to score a goal and all of a sudden the momentum turns into them and we never allowed that.

“I thought we were very well organised, we concentrated really well, the work ethic was incredible and we kept the ball very well and the score line reflects the performance.”

The Spaniard was delighted to see his team keep a clean sheet away from home and praised the manner in which his defenders handled dangerous Villa frontman Christian Benteke.

“The big difference today was the influence we had in both boxes. We defended magnificently,” he said.

“We had great concentration and good defensive intensity, which you need to have when you are playing against a player like Benteke who has got a real threat.

“To keep a clean sheet away from home at Villa Park is very rewarding and then at the other end we were clinical with three good finishes.”

Wigan opened the scoring when Ramis – playing in his first game since returning from a hamstring injury – rose unchallenged to head home Jean Beausejour’s corner.

Boyce doubled Wigan’s advantage seven minutes after half-time when he finished brilliantly into the bottom corner following a neat one-two with Kone.

Kone scored himself four minutes later when he coolly finished after an excellent through ball from Franco Di Santo split the Villa defence.

The win sees Wigan leapfrog Paul Lambert’s men in the table and they now lie 16th – one point clear of the relegation zone.

Image courtesy of BBC Sports, via YouTube, with thanks

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook. 

Related Articles