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Roberto Martinez hails 'complete' Wigan after win


Martinez salutes 'complete' Wigan display

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez saluted his side's "complete" performance after they moved out of the relegation zone with a 4-3 win over Blackburn.

A Hugo Rodallega goal, a Ben Watson penalty and a James McCarthy double secured the win for the Latics.

"Looking at the condition of the pitch and the goals that we produced, it was out of this world," said Martinez.

"We had to be resolute and concentrate at a high intensity. I think it was a really complete performance."

Having fallen behind to Jason Roberts' opener, Martinez was delighted with the manner in which his team responded.

"If you look at the style and the quality and the arrogance, it was a performance that deserved the three points," said Martinez. "But we were really tested towards the end, knowing that you've got something to lose.

"Blackburn had a very direct approach but our concentration and the way we fought for the result, on top of our style and quality, was extremely pleasing.

"It is one of those days where the fans get what they deserve. They created a fantastic environment once more and the players wanted to give them a performance."

Martinez believes Wigan, who now face successive matches against Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs in the Premier League, are in good shape going into what is sure to be a testing period.

"The squad is as healthy as it has been and we are ready for the challenges that lie ahead," he added.

Kean vows to work on Blackburn defence

Blackburn boss Steve Kean believes that key mistakes on a difficult pitch cost his side, with the Wigan penalty - converted by Watson - proving particularly significant.

"Looking back on the [Wigan] penalty decision, it was difficult on a wet surface," said the Scot. "I think there was just a little bit of contact and that was a big turning point in the game.

"We have shown a lot of character coming back into the game but mistakes at key points cost us.

"We are scoring plenty of goals so that part of our game is not a problem. But we need to protect our back four and be a little bit less open, and that is something we will certainly be working on."

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