Wigan manager Roberto Martinez wants his side to continue on an upward curve
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez wants his side to continue on an upward curve when they take on Sunderland.
Last Updated: 28/09/12 2:00pm
The Latics travel to the Stadium of Light with only four points and one win to show from their opening five Premier League fixtures, but they claimed a confidence-boosting 4-1 victory at West Ham in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
"Looking at the ending of last season, in the last nine games and the last nine performances we were very consistent," Martinez said.
"We reached a very good level so we know that we've got it. Now it's just a matter of producing it at the early stages of the season.
"I feel that this start of the season has been good, probably in terms of the winning mentality or knowing you can get a result out of a good performance.
"I don't think we've been as good as we can be and clearly we need to understand how to do that. Looking at the performance on Tuesday, the squad is starting to get ready to share that responsibility and that's a real strength for our team."
Martinez believes Sunderland will be hungry to claim their first three points and expects an open game on Wearside.
"I know that Sunderland are a really difficult team to play against. We have all seen that they have been very close to getting a good run of results," he added.
"For one reason or another they haven't been getting that so that makes them a bit more dangerous. "They've got that hunger to get a positive result. Their signings in the window gave them a step up in quality and gave them a different dimension.
"We know they are going to be well organised. It is extremely difficult to play against them and break them down and they've got some extraordinary counter attacking football.
"All in all we respect this Sunderland side and we know how difficult it is going to be. Both sides are in a similar position, desperate to get a positive result or a win and I think it will be a more open game that you will see at any other stage of the season."