Latics Beaten By ‘Criminal’ Goal At Chelsea
EPL bottom club Wigan Athletic suffered the narrowest of defeats at defending EPL champions Chelsea last Saturday, losing out to a goal described by boss Roberto Martinez as a “crime.”
Wigan remained at the foot of the EPL, two points from the safety of 17th-place, which is currently occupied by Blackpool, the Latics’ destination in search of league points this coming Saturday.
The only goal at Stamford Bridge came from Florent Malouda’s close-range finish after impressive goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi was impeded by Fernando Torres as he attempted a punched clearance.
Martinez said: “The goal is a crime. It’s a football crime. It was a big call, as big a call as giving a penalty away.” But the Spaniard praised his players as “magnificent, I couldn’t be happier at the way we played against (a side like) Chelsea.”
Left-back Maynor Figueroa was booked in the closing stages at Stamford Bridge and will be suspended for the Blackpool trip and the equally-pressurised Easter Saturday trip to Sunderland as it was his tenth caution of the season.
This has left Martinez with a selection headache as he ponders a defensive reshuffle. The Latics supremo said: “I haven’t made up my mind yet. We have options; it’s not a situation where we need to be too creative.”
Steve Gohouri and Emmerson Boyce are among those options, although Martinez added: “We’ve been saving Steve Gohouri’s legs because he was also on nine bookings.” Cautions received from now will not result in further suspension this season.
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