Saturday, 21 January 2012

Martinez Wishes Warnock Was Still In Charge At QPR


Roberto Martinez wishes Neil Warnock had been given two more games in charge of Queens Park Rangers.

The Wigan boss was more upset than most at his QPR counterpart's demise - but not out of sympathy for one of his managerial colleagues.

Warnock's sacking means Martinez's men have been cast as sacrificial lambs on the day new Hoops manager Mark Hughes takes charge of his first league match at Loftus Road.

Martinez fears the feel-good factor that has accompanied Hughes' arrival in the hot-seat will make it harder for Wigan to beat one of their relegation-scrap rivals.


"Ideally, I would have played QPR on another date," the Spaniard admitted.


"You don't want to play them in his first home game. With Mark Hughes now there, you can sense it is going to be a big crowd and give them huge momentum.

"That is a different position than they would have been in three or four weeks ago.

"That means it will be hard for the first team to go there - and unfortunately that team is going to be us.

"You have to factor in the fact it is a new manager, and you do get a reaction. We know it will now be one of the hardest moments of the season for us.

"We all know the financial backing behind the team, and that gives them a real need for points but we are both in the same situation."

Martinez noticed an improvement in QPR during Hughes' first game in charge, away to Newcastle last Sunday, even though they lost 1-0.

He added: "You could see the difference Mark Hughes made. They were strong and limited Newcastle to just one shot on target.

"So we are going to be tested, but we have been good away from home in the last month, apart from the one game at Manchester United when the sending off changed the game."

Wigan are bottom of the Premier League, having taken just 15 points from their first 21 games of the season.

But despite their plight, Martinez believes successive - and successful - battles at the wrong end of the league have hardened up his troops ahead of yet another white-knuckle relegation scrap.

He added: "There is no doubt about it, our experience of this situation helps.

"Any player will tell you that the experiences you have had earlier in your career can be important. It gives you a know-how to win games and also to be composed and not get affected by the need of points.

"The situation of the last few seasons allows us to be mature in positions like this.

"Last season made people like Victor Moses and James McCarthy different players and now they are ready for the situation we face."

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