Martinez: We have to be perfect

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 8:41 GMT

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez feels his team are capable of beating Manchester City - but will have to be "perfect" to pull it off.

Roberto Martinez: Expects open game
Roberto Martinez: Expects open game

Wigan are widely acknowledged to play some of the most attractive football in the Barclays Premier League but appear to lack the substance to consistently produce results.

They remain in the bottom half of the table and needed a dramatic injury-time winner to beat Reading 3-2 last weekend, their first victory in three games.

Martinez's men face a stern test as unbeaten City visit the DW Stadium but the Spaniard - who oversaw dramatic late-season wins over Manchester United and Arsenal to avoid relegation last term - is confident of troubling the champions.

He said: "I think from a tactical point of view you have to be perfect. The moment you make a mistake you are going to get punished.

"From every other angle of the performance I do think we can compete against anyone in the league.

"Physically and technically I think we are ready. On the day, tactically, we will have to be perfect but we have done that in the past. We have done it many times and not long ago.

"That is really fresh for us to be able to enjoy the occasion and the challenge and take responsibility.

"I want ourselves to be the ones taking the responsibility, playing at home, and try to dictate and look for a win from the start."

Martinez has no intention of sending his team out to sit back and try to contain City.

He wants them to play their usual expressive game and, with City chasing a win after settling for a draw at Chelsea, he is not anticipating a cagey encounter.

He said: "With the quality of players they have got they will always score goals.

"I do feel it is going to be a very interesting game. It will be an open game because both sides will want to win.

"I went to watch Manchester City against Chelsea and that was a solid display away from home.

"They'll want to come here and get the three points. We will be feeling the same.

"We are at home. We want to start the second third of the season on a real positive and we are going to go out to try to win the game."

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