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17:54 12th February 2011


Gaffer delighted with attitude and application of players in Anfield draw

A proud Roberto Martinez praised the 'intelligent' performance of his team to come from a goal behind at Anfield to earn a valuable point against Liverpool.

Latics had fallen behind in the first-half but fought back to get the equaliser thanks to a Steve Gohouri goal on the hour-mark.

After the game Martinez said:

"You have to be proud of the performance, especially at a place like Anfield where it is very difficult to play football.

"For large periods we were the better side, and we coped with their late pressure well.

"I enjoyed watching the game and watching some magnificent performances throughout the team.

"It was disappointing to go 1-0 down given that Liverpool created very little, but we kept doing the right things and you always felt as though we could have the last say.

"Their goal came as a surprise after the strong start we made and it's credit to the performance we produced that we did not deserve to be behind at the break.

"The dressing room was disappointed at the break because we knew we were capable of producing more in the final third.

"That was a turning point, and in the second-half we had the understanding that if we stepped things up we could get the result.

"It's a real achievement to come back in the manner we did against a team like Liverpool who are in a good moment of form.

"That belief is developing and so are the levels of performance and we need to make sure we continue going into games with a clear idea of how to win. That will determine our final league position."

The Gaffer believes the goal had been coming long before Gohouri converted past Pepe Reina thanks to Latics' threat from out wide, saying:

"Out wide we created a lot of problems for Liverpool and got our rewards after a few half-chances for Hugo Rodallega.

"The cross from Charles N'Zogbia was of great quality and we know how Steve Gohouri can be a threat in the final-third, again today he showed that with a fantastic finish.

"To impose yourself like that at Anfield is a great sign of our development in a short-space of time.

"We played with real intelligence and created opportunities that isolated the Liverpool defence."

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