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PASSING OFF THE PARK

1 August 2012

Latics return from Austria and back to Christopher Park

The 2012-2013 season saw the Roberto Martinez philosophy burst into life as Wigan Athletic looked slick, smooth and smart with a strong sense of confidence and control.

History making victories were obtained against some of the best teams in the Barclays Premier League but it was the manner of the performances that caught the eye.

The passing style and flowing movement of the team has become a way of life and players like Emmerson Boyce are relishing in the current system.

The defender said the preparation in this style starts early;

"As a player, all you want to do is use the football rather than running for the sake of running.

"Here you always look forward to training because the schedule is different to other clubs.

"At other clubs you usually run for the whole first week or even two weeks before you see a ball."

He added;

"The manager here likes to get the ball out almost straight away and it makes pre-season go a bit quicker rather than being a hard slog.

"In my Luton Town days, I remember I used to run up nearly every single hill in Luton and that would sometimes be for two weeks.

"As a player you find yourself putting more into it if you are training with the ball because you have to concentrate on more than just running which pushes you a lot harder."

With the squad returning from Austria on Sunday, Boyce reflected on the week away in the Alps.

"It was a case of getting the games under our belt and being able to play for at least 45 minutes each game."


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