Saturday, 26 November 2011

Wigan work out how to win without Cleverley

Roberto Martinez claims Wigan have finally worked out a way to win without Tom Cleverley in their side.

The Latics avoided the drop last season when the Manchester United star was pulling the strings during a loan spell.

But since his return to Old Trafford, along with the sale of Charles N'Zogbia to Aston Villa, the wins have dried up and Martinez's men currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League.

They head to Sunderland today having garnered just one point from their travels this term but with a confident manager now insisting they can succeed without Cleverley.

Martinez said: ``I feel now we have options. We are at that moment of the season we can change things around in the squad and be very effective.

``Earlier on in the season we were still finding the best way to play after losing Tom Cleverley and Charles from last season.

``That has taken longer than expected but now we can use the different options in the squad.

``Now we have two or three ways to play and this team is now capable of going anywhere in the Premier League and getting a result.''

One of his new options is Spanish summer signing Albert Crusat. The 29-year-old winger scored his first Premier League goal in the 3-3 draw with Blackburn last Saturday.

And Martinez reckons that was proof he is ready to become a regular in his side following a stint in and out of the line-up whilst learning the English game.

He said: ``He is ready. It took him a few months to get used to the physicality of the game.

``Many tackles here would be free-kicks in La Liga, so it took him time to understand that.

``But he is a very explosive player. I feel that now he is ready. He is very clever tactically. To have a player like him is a real asset.

``For him to score his first goal and have a real influence in the game shows he is hungry for a role to help Wigan and that is what you want from a signing.''

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