Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday December 9 2011
Wigan Athletic travel to West Brom tomorrow for a Premier League fixture, the result of which, could have a big bearing on the season for both clubs, previewing the game both managers, Roberto Martinez and Roy Hodgson have spoken positively about their teams chances, lets take a look at what they say:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
'Everyone is pushing really hard to be on the pitch which is a unique ingredient and it will raise the standard of the squad'
'We need to start picking up points because we are catching up, so we cannot afford to go into any game thinking that a draw will be good enough.'
'We know that West Brom are going to be a difficult side because they work really, really hard.
'They have a very stable group and they have real continuity because their squad has been together for a while now, and after coming back up they look like a club with great stability and real momentum.
'Defensively they are well organised and it is a team that doesn't give too much away.
'It is always difficult to play against a Roy Hodgson side because they will always be well organised defensively and difficult to break down.
'I don't expect there to be many chances early on but I do think it is going to be a game that both teams will come out trying to win and when you have got that mentality it makes for a game that is going to open up at some point.
'It will be an exciting game because they can control possession well and we love to control possession so you should see an entertaining game of football.
'It is going to be one of those games that both sides set up really well to win.'
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson:
'We're playing a team that is below us in the table and have had a bad run up until now.
'That doesn't mean that bad run will necessarily continue forever.
'But we are aware we are in a better position, it's a home game, and we must take our responsibility and try and win it.'
'Wigan are a footballing team that try to play football at all times'
'They have good movement and good interchange of positions in midfield.
'They have a lot of offensive-minded players and in the games I've seen them play, in particular, the two lives games I've seen them play, they have created goal chances despite not getting results.
'We're pretty much aware of the degree of complication in trying to beat them.
'Having said that. It doesn't matter who you're playing. It's a home game, and we've not been in bad form recently at home.
'Particularly the last two against Bolton and Tottenham - I think the team played well.
'I'm just hoping we can go out and reproduce those performances and we will allow Wigan to concern themselves with how they stop us, rather than be concerned overmuch with how we stop them.'
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Date:Friday December 9 2011
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