Previous
Getafe
Valencia
0
3
FT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town
1
2
FT
Game Details
Academica de Coimbra
Estoril
2
2
FT
Game Details
Getafe
Valencia
0
3
FT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town
1
2
FT
Game Details
Chester City
Wrexham
2
1
FT
Game Details
Spezia
Carpi
1
2
FT
Game Details
Valenciennes
Clermont Foot
2
1
FT
Game Details
Academica de Coimbra
Estoril
2
2
FT
Game Details
FK Amkar Perm
Krasnodar
1
2
FT
Game Details
FK Torpedo Moscow
Dinamo Moscow
1
3
FT
Game Details
Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK
Trabzonspor
1
1
FT
Game Details
Bursaspor
Besiktas
0
1
FT
Game Details
Panetolikos
PAOK Salonika
0
1
FT
Game Details
FC Vestsjaelland
AaB
1
0
FT
Game Details
Atvidabergs FF
IFK Norrkoping
2
2
FT
Game Details
Defensa y Justicia
San Lorenzo
1
3
FT
Game Details
Racing Club
Newell's Old Boys
1
1
FT
Game Details
Unión de Santa Fe
Huracán
3
0
FT
Game Details
Douglas Haig
Guarini A. Franco
1
1
FT
Game Details
Santamarina
Patronato
0
0
FT
Game Details
River Plate
Fénix
3
1
FT
Game Details
Shimizu S-Pulse
Gamba Osaka
5:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Kashima Antlers
5:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
Urawa Red Diamonds
5:30 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Tokyo
Tokushima Vortis
6:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
6:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Omiya Ardija
Kawasaki Frontale
6:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
Ipswich TownIpswich Town
1
2
FT
Game Details
Huddersfield TownHuddersfield Town
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
0
0
FT
Game Details
Blackburn RoversBlackburn Rovers
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
3
1
FT
Game Details
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
Birmingham CityBirmingham City
4
0
FT
Game Details
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
BlackpoolBlackpool
1
0
FT
Game Details
Cardiff CityCardiff City
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
1
0
FT
Game Details
Charlton AthleticCharlton Athletic
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
2
1
FT
Game Details
Burton AlbionBurton Albion
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
2
1
FT
Game Details
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
ReadingReading
2
2
FT
Game Details
 Posted by Mike Whalley
Jan 21, 2013

Martinez wants defensive reinforcements

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has vowed to strengthen his defence before the end of January, but insists he will not be selling key players such as Shaun Maloney and James McCarthy.

Roberto Martinez wants to reach the FA Cup with Wigan
Wigan are facing a defensive injury crisis

Martinez was unhappy with the way his side defended as they lost 3-2 at home to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday - a result that means Wigan have now conceded eight goals in their last three league matches, and have dropped to 19th place after collecting only eight points from 13 games.

They have lost Ivan Ramis for the season with cruciate knee ligament damage suffered during the 1-1 draw at Fulham on January 12, while fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz has not played since August because of a groin problem.

Wigan have since been linked with loan moves for Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates and Wolves’ Ronald Zubar, and Martinez has made it clear that he plans to enter the transfer market for reinforcements this month.

“We haven’t got a large enough squad to cope with losing players like Ivan Ramis and Antolin Alcaraz,” he told the <i>Daily Mail</i>. “We need to find a solution. January is a good moment to rectify that.”

Martinez brought in Ramis from Mallorca in August, but has indicated that this time he will look to sign a defender who is already playing in England.

“It is important we bring a defender in, but I don’t think we will be looking at the Spanish market this time,” he said. “It is difficult for a foreign player to arrive in January and make an impact, but we do need someone.”

Meanwhile, midfielders Maloney and McCarthy have both been linked with moves away from the DW Stadium, but Martinez insists he does not need to sell first in order to bring players in.

“The last thing we want is to lose players,” he said. “We do not have debts and do not need to sell.

“Shaun has signed a new contract and has his best years in front of him. He is one of the biggest assets in our dressing room and is a joy to have at this club. He is an outstanding footballer wherever you play him. For me, he is the best No. 10 in the league. You are not going to find another British footballer with the ability he has.”

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.