Martinez backs flop Boselli
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has backed flop striker Mauro Boselli to make a big impact at the DW Stadium this season.
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The Argentinian reportedly cost the Latics more than £6million when he arrived from Estudiantes in the summer of 2010 but he has made only 14 appearances for the club, with his two goals both coming in the League Cup.
He struggled to adapt to life in England and spent a spell on loan at Genoa in Italy in 2011 before heading back to Estudiantes last season.
But the 27-year-old has now returned to Lancashire and has been a regular in the Wigan squad this season, scoring in the Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest in August.
He has been kept off the pitch in the Barclays Premier League by the form of Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone, but Martinez is confident Boselli's time will come.
The Wigan boss said: "When he came back Mauro made his views very clear that he wanted to be successful with Wigan Athletic. He's been working really well and we've got very strong competition in those forward positions.
"Mauro's attitude has been tremendous. He wants to play games, he wants to be ready to help the team, and that's a real sign of maturity. Over the course of the season, he's going to be very important."
Wigan will look to bounce back from last weekend's 4-0 drubbing by Manchester United on Saturday when they host Fulham, who have won both their home matches but are yet to pick up a point on the road.
It could have been worse at Old Trafford for the Latics, who conceded an early penalty when Ali Al Habsi was ruled to have felled Danny Welbeck.
There appeared little contact, and Al Habsi saved the spot-kick from Javier Hernandez anyway, but it again focused the spotlight on whether the big clubs get the rub of the green in marginal decisions.
Martinez admitted it can be hard not to feel aggrieved, saying: "I don't like to get into the debate of feeling we are considered a little club.
"It's true you look at the incidents and you analyse the games and just by the law of averages you should get wrong decisions going your way, and sometimes it's difficult to understand that you don't get that.
"All you want is bad calls balancing out, so from that point of view it's just the disappointment that two or three games in a row against certain teams you don't get what you feel you should.
"But it's not good to keep talking about refereeing decisions because that's not going to get us points."
Although he saved the penalty, it was not Al Habsi's best day in a Wigan shirt, the keeper at least partially at fault for two of the goals.
The Oman international has been one of the Latics' standout players since joining, initially on loan, from Bolton in 2010, and Martinez felt the responsibility for the defeat lay with the whole team.
The Spaniard said of Al Habsi: "He's a really solid character and a player who represents what we want to do.
"He's got an infectious attitude, the way he works, the improvement he's brought to his own game is the ethos and mentality we've got at our football club.
"As a player you're going to have good days and bad days but he's always wanted to improve and to take responsibility.
"Ali's been in tremendous form and I think on Saturday as a team we dropped our standards, probably that little intensity that you need wasn't there, and we let ourselves down.
"I don't think he dropped his level more than the others. The last man is going to be the one who's highlighted but the pressure on the ball all the way to the goal wasn't good enough."