McCarthy backs Martinez
Wigan's James McCarthy backed Roberto Martinez to turn things around despite their disastrous start.
Last Updated: 22/08/10 3:44pm
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has backed Roberto Martinez to turn things around despite a disastrous start to the season.
The Latics have conceded ten goals in their first two games of the season at home in 4-0 and 6-0 defeats to Blackpool and Chelsea respectively.
It is officially the worst start to a season made after two games in the history of the Premier League, with Martinez under increasing pressure despite the campaign being in its fledgling stages.
McCarthy however defended his manager, stating that he was good enough to weather the storm and that the players were behind him and that they must get back on track in their Carling Cup game against Hartlepool on Tuesday.
"I don't want to get involved in that, but everybody is backing the manager. He is a great manager," he said when asked about Martinez's future.
"We've suffered two defeats and hopefully we can now lift ourselves and kick on on Tuesday. We'll go there and try and give it our all.
"Of course, the manager isn't happy and rightly so. Conceding five goals in the second half is not acceptable and we need to address that.
"We just need to work on the training ground. I'm sure it's as simple as that."
Reflecting on the Chelsea defeat, the 19-year-old insisted is was not all doom and gloom at the DW Stadium, and that they at times they showed what they were really capable of.
"We have to take the positives," he said.
"At times we matched Chelsea all over the pitch, especially in the first half when I feel we dominated the game.
"But they got that crucial first goal in that half and showed their class as true champions.
"Although we've conceded 10 goals, we are not going to look at it that way."