Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday February 27 2010
Wigan Athletic travel 100 miles down the M6 today to face Birmingham City at St. Andrews and the both bosses, Roberto Martinez and Alex McLeish, have been speaking about the game and each other, lets see what they have had to say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
'When look back to when we played Birmingham here at the DW, our first-half performance was as good as any we've produced all season, and we have enough chances to win that game. Then in the second-half we couldn't handle their pressure, got punished from a free-kick and we were very unfortunate no to get anything from the game.
'But without a doubt Birmingham have been the surprise package this season, and rightly so. To go on the run they did and show that kind of consistency in the Premier League proves how outstanding a season they're having with a group of player who have been working together for a long time.
'They have a great team ethic and are tough opposition for anyone on their day.'
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish:
'We've stuttered a wee bit with results in recent games but they've been hard fixtures at hard venues and I still see the spirit of the players is fantastic and we've just got to get that wee edge again.
'We've been strong at home and we want to preserve our home record.
'I know Roberto (Martinez) very well and I know the style he wants his team to play and if Wigan click as we've seen on several occasions this season they can beat anybody.
'They've beaten the likes of Chelsea and Aston Villa and they can be a right good side on a particular day and Roberto will be looking for them to produce the magic they're capable of.
'We're under no illusions that this is a tough game, but we're at St. Andrew's and we want the St. Andrew's crowd to be really right behind their side and make it a tough place for Wigan to come and then let the players do the rest.
'If everyone plays to their capabilities I look forward to us showing our great form at St. Andrew's again.
'I know there are no guarantees - players can play great and still lose a game due to some circumstances.
'But so long as they give me everything and go right to the final whistle as I've asked them to do in every single game I'll be happy.'
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Date:Saturday February 27 2010
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