Martinez takes the blame

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has taken full responsibility for his side's 9-1 thrashing by Tottenham at the weekend despite chairman Dave Whelan pointing the finger elsewhere.

Speaking in the immediate aftermath of the record-equalling rout at White Hart Lane, Whelan suggested that "dodgy" signings made towards the end of former manager Steve Bruce's reign were to blame.

However, Martinez, who replaced Bruce in the DW Stadium hot-seat in the summer, is adamant that the buck stops with him.

"We are all men. At the end of a 9-1 defeat we all need to take responsibility and we all understand that," declared the Spanish coach.

"The chairman is the most passionate man for Wigan you are ever likely to meet and he was hurt – as we all were – and in that respect

he is a very honest man.

"In a way he has real high standards, he knows what we can do and he is demanding. I don't see anything wrong with that.

"No one cares more than ourselves about our own standards.

"We don't focus on any outside voice or force outside the training ground and that is the key to being successful.

"We need to take responsibility for what happened on Sunday."

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