Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes their 2-2 draw with Everton can kick-start their season
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez hopes Saturday's 2-2 draw with Everton can 'kick-start' their faltering season.
Last Updated: 06/10/12 11:30pm
The Latics have won just once this campaign but put in a brave display against the high-flying Toffees, taking the lead twice only to be denied by a late Leighton Baines penalty.
The result means Wigan have yet to win at home this season and remain down in 16th place.
However, Martinez is convinced that his players can build on the display against David Moyes' side and start climbing the table.
"I thought it was a very positive performance from our point of view and a performance that can kick-start the season," the Spaniard told Sky Sports.
"We looked a really solid unit. The work rate from this Everton team didn't surprise us at all but I think we battled really well.
"Our football was composed and of a real high standard. We looked a real threat every time we went into the final third.
"In the second half Everton created a lot of momentum as you would expect but then we created the better chances on the counter. But today we felt we probably needed the two goal cushion to get the three points."
Martinez also played down a first-half incident involving Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini was booked by referee Kevin Friend following an aerial challenge with Maynor Figueroa, with some claiming it should have been a red card for an elbow.
However, Martinez refused to criticise the referee, accepting his decision to just show the yellow card.
"I had a very straight view," he added. "Fellaini, comes across with his arm and you've got the fourth official, the linesman and referee to make a call and that's how it has to be judged.
"Sometimes with these decisions, it could be a red card but it could well be a yellow card.
"The referee was certain in his decision and the linesman he was not certain whether it was a red card either.
"When you are not certain you cannot give the red card, so it was probably the right decision."