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Martinez embarrassed after defeat

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Manner of defeat unacceptable - Martinez

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said he felt "embarrassed" after watching his side get hammered 9-1 by Tottenham.

He said: "It was unacceptable and unexpected. The way we defended in key moments was not good enough.

"I am embarrassed as it's a result we don't want to be associated with. We need to move on quickly and give a good reaction in the next game.

"I've never been involved in a game like this. But the damage of this won't be carried into the next game."

Martinez was particularly shocked as he felt his side went into the game in a positive mood - and at half-time they were only 1-0 down.

But Jermain Defoe bagged a personal haul of five goals after the break as Spurs ran riot and Wigan capitulated to leave them on the end of one of the Premier League's biggest defeats.

"We had felt in a very mentally good moment and came here with a determination to get the three points," said Martinez.

"We started the game poorly and Spurs took advantage with one goal but after that we finished half stronger.

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"But the next three goals are unacceptable basic defending errors and failure to take responsibility in one-on-one situations and we really got punished.

"We will look into every single detail. In key moments and key situations we were not good enough and Spurs took advantage of that."

Martinez vowed to learn from the match and is optimistic that it will not scar his team.

"We need to understand why this happened and when you do that you become stronger," he added.

"It is a unique test you do not get many situations like that. The reality is we lost the game and nothing else and we need to make sure next home game we react and get back to ourselves.

"Sometimes we do not react well to disappointment but we will get over this and be a stronger side and react in the right way."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp also backed Wigan to overcome the defeat - and had particular praise for Martinez.

"I have got so much time and respect for Martinez," said Redknapp. "I think he is a fantastic young manager and did some fantastic work at Swansea and now at Wigan.

"It is a bad day for him but he will come back from that even stronger and I am sure they will take it out on someone else."



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