Martinez takes positives from opening day defeat at DW Stadium
Roberto Martinez reflected on the opening game of the new season, disappointed with the 2-0 result but delighted with the character his team showed to try and respond to the European Champions.
Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard stormed the visitors into an early lead after just six minutes at the DW Stadium, but Martinez was full of praise for how his players took the game from their onwards:
“In those first six minutes we looked exposed, created our own problems and were punished as a result.
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“It was the worst possible start but we used all our experience and personality to react in the right manner which was very pleasing.
“We started with a low intensity and our approach was more resembling of a pre-season game than a league match,” said Martinez.
“The Premier League is ruthless in that respect and will punish you, especially when playing a side that has the quality Chelsea has.
“Two-nil down after six minutes is a real test but I thought the players showed great personality and reacted to the situation in a way I’ve not seen in a Wigan Athletic team before.
“We were unfortunate not to get a goal we deserved; you know how well Chelsea defend but we created good chances that didn’t quite find a way through.
“So delighted with the reaction, disappointed we couldn’t start the game with the same high intensity as the response but it’s left us with many positives.
“The new players came in and had an impact on the game which goes to show the strength of the team.
“A goal wouldn’t have given us a chance to get back in the game because I feel Chelsea were starting to lose control of the game, running the clock down and using their experience to see out the game.
“We were the best side for 75 minutes which is a real statement against a team like Chelsea.
James McArthur and Shaun Maloney were substituted in the second half with Jean Beausejour missing the game altogether through injury as Martinez explained:
“James and Shaun had a couple of niggles and were taken off as precaution, we’ll asses them through the week and get them ready for Southampton.
“The substitutes who took their place adapted to the game very well which is what the squad is all about.
“Jean picked up a soft-tissue injury late in the week and couldn’t be ready for the game on the day but will hopefully be back for next weekend’s match.”