Roberto Martinez praised players and fans alike after Latics booked their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, with a convincing 4-1 win over West Ham United at Upton Park.
A brace from Mauro Boselli, Ivan Ramis’ first goal for the Club and a late Jordi Gomez penalty followed Modibo Maiga’s opener for the Hammers, and Martinez spoke afterwards of his pleasure in the way his side responded to their early setback, saying:
“We’re really pleased because we made a lot of changes at the start of the night which meant it would take time during the game for those little partnerships to form.
“It was therefore always going to be an open game in those early stages and we got off to the worse possible start with the goal West Ham scored.
“But the reaction was outstanding – we coped with their pressure really well and our football was very sharp in opening up the opposition.
“You then have individual performances of a high quality, including Mauro Boselli who deserved his goals and took them very well.
“That was really important for him because he’s a goalscorer and I’ve said from the beginning of the season that he looks sharp, is very focused and a player of that stature is going to be very important to us this season.
“Callum McManaman showed he’s a player ready to step in, Ryo Miyaichi brought together all the concepts of his training so far at the Club and David Jones paired well with James McArthur very in the midfield ahead of the defence.
“Players took responsibility all over the pitch which was very pleasing after the disappointment of last weekend.
“In front of goal we were a real threat, looked clinical and in many ways shook off the weekend’s disappointment.
“There were players who have been waiting for a chance to play this season that made a good impression at Nottingham Forest in the previous round and did so again tonight, which develops the competition in the squad further.
“Let’s not forget also that we took on a West Ham side high on confidence having not been beaten at home this season before our game and doing well in the league, which all made for a very pleasing night.”
Making their way through the torrential weather conditions that have hit the North West over the past few days, over 400 fans made the long journey to the Capital and Martinez was delighted to send them all back happy after playing such a big role in the outcome of the match.
“I thought the fans were terrific,” said Martinez “when we came out to warm up and saw them away to the right it gave us a great feeling before kick-off.
“After conceding early on it could have been a long night, but the players fed of their voice and we saw that in the overall performance.
“Hopefully they’ll have a happy and safe journey home and look forward to Wednesday’s draw.”
On the pitch it was a landmark occasions for two players, with Ramis firing home his first Wigan Athletic goal and Slovakia Under 21 international Filip Orsula coming off the bench for his Club debut.
Martinez spoke of the quick progression Ramis is making since joining Latics in the summer, saying:
“Ivan is a leader and has joined us at the right point in his career and it’s very pleasing to see how he’s improving with every game after turning down a number of clubs before coming to Wigan Athletic.”
On 19-year-old Orsula, the Gaffer explained how his big moment will set an example to the Club’s other exciting young talent.
He said: “Mauro picked up a slight knock on his calf so we had to protect him and it gave Filip the opportunity to make his debut.
“He was ready for that opportunity having worked very well at Under 21 level with Graham Barrow and Dennis Lawrence and it’s a sign of what we have at the Club, young players who are going to get the opportunity when ready.
“The work being done at youth level within the Club is very pleasing and if the players continue to learn and apply themselves with the right attitude they too will get the opportunities in the future.”