Latics praised despite defeat

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has admitted his side's exciting 3-2 defeat at West Ham United was disappointing, but heaped praise on his players for their commitment to the cause.

The Latics grabbed an early lead through a Jonathan Spector own goal, but efforts from Ilan and Radoslav Kovac put the Hammers in front at the break.

Hugo Rodallega restored parity in the 52nd minute, but a stunning winner from Scott Parker handed Gianfranco Zola's men the three points that has all but guaranteed their Premier League safety.

Speaking to reporters after the game, he said:"We all knew that it was going to be very difficult to play football in the atmosphere West Ham were going to create and I was pleased with our character.

"The composure to get on the ball and create more chances, have more corners and shots speaks volumes about the performance.

"We are disappointed with the three goals we conceded, but today was West Ham's day and it took something special from Scott Parker to win the game.

"Once we got that early goal you could sense the tension in the ground and if we had got a second goal it could have been over.

"West Ham came back really strong and when we conceded that goal right on half-time, it changed the complexion of the match.

"We came back strongly to get the equaliser and it took something special to win the game for West Ham."

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