Martinez hopes cup win can help upturn in league form against Stoke
After Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Macclesfield Town, Roberto Martinez is hoping his team can feed off a winning feeling in the camp when they travel to The Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night to face Stoke City.
He said: “We have to take that winning feeling into Tuesday’s game because we were left disappointed after the previous league game against Sunderland, particularly in the manner that we conceded goals.
“We need to start taking results from the performances because a lot of what we did against Martin O’Neill’s side was very good.
“Going to Macclesfield we were always going to have to show different qualities to what are normally required in the Premier League, and so I was very happy at how we adapted to those demands.
“We need to share that winning feeling around the squad now; we have a strong and tight group who are working hard to compete on two fronts for one another and if they continue to do so the rewards will come.”
Tony Pulis’ side have suffered four defeats in their last four games in the league and cup, but Martinez is under no illusion as to the challenge that awaits his team who will be looking to maintain an unbeaten record against the Potters with the Spaniard in charge:
“Stoke are a team that can score from very little,” said the Gaffer, “thanks to their application from dead-ball situations and organisation.
“In the same manner we are a brave team who can create problems also, so we’ll look forward to the game and hopefully relieve the happy memories we’ve had at The Britannia Stadium in recent years.
“We’re entering the final third of the season now when we need the points our performances deserve. We can’t afford to take any games lightly, especially this one as Stoke’s home record over the last three years has been exceptional.”
The Gaffer also gave the latest team news as Latics prepare for their second game of three to be played in the space of seven days:
“Fraser Fyvie picked up a soft tissue injury against Macclesfield, but it was good to see Adrian Lopez back on the pitch and we’ll see how he’s reacted to that test before considering Tuesday’s squad.
“Apart from those two, and the obvious long-term injuries, we have a full group to select from.”
Finally, with the January transfer window closing on Thursday night there was talk of plans to strengthen the squad in time for the second-half of the campaign:
“I don’t like the panic that comes in the last few days of the window, but it’s true that we could do with an extra body in the group and we’ll work hard to try and make that happen.
“There are a few players we’re looking at who could give us what we need, but as always it’s not about bringing in anyone it’s about bringing in the right one.”