Southampton vs. Wigan Athletic  0 - 2

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Moses can be replaced, says Martinez

26 August 2012 04:24

Roberto Martinez feels Wigan showed their intention to fill the void left by Victor Moses in their 2-0 win over Southampton.

Despite selling the young attacker - one of the key personnel in the Latics successfully beating the drop last season - to Chelsea, the club still managed to record a win at St Mary's with goals from Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone.

Martinez said other members of his squad are now ready to step up, with the extra competitive edge aiding the team.

"I think the whole team took responsibility after losing Victor Moses. He leaves with our blessing. He has done everything he could to help our football club and with that he helped his career," the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

"He arrived aged 19 and you get really attached to him, but I think this group of players are desperate to fulfil his responsibility and his boots.

"We've got three games in this busy week. You're going to see a lot of players given an opportunity to show what they can do and that is a competitive edge we have in this group."

Martinez was also delighted with his side's performance in a tough atmosphere as Southampton hosted their first Premier League game in seven years in front of a near-capacity crowd.

"I think to say that I am pleased would be an understatement. I am very, very satisfied because we knew how difficult it would be and I thought the first half-an-hour showed that," he said.

"We started to keep the ball well, we opened up a few good opportunities and then to score two goals from open play away from home is always tremendous."

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Martinez thrilled as Wigan open account

25 August 2012 20:55

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was delighted with his side's 2-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday.

The result allowed Wigan, who were just seven points clear of the drop zone last term, to take their first points of the new season, and the Spaniard was thrilled with a crucial away win, which came about through goals from Franco di Santo and Arouna Kone.

"To say I am pleased would be an understatement," Martinez told Sky Sports.

"I am very, very satisfied because we knew how difficult it would be and I thought the first half-an-hour showed that.

"When you come to a newly-promoted side like Southampton with an incredible feeling and momentum from the last two seasons, we knew we would have to cope with that in the first half-an-hour.

"We started to keep the ball well, we opened up a few good opportunities and then to score two goals from open play away from home is always tremendous."

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins, however, urged his team to keep believing in themselves after slumping to their second loss from their opening two matches.

"Everyone has got to stick together, we've touched on it in pre-season," Adkins told BBC Radio.

"There's going to be stages where you're not going to be winning consistently as we have been for the last two seasons.

"At that stage you have to make sure everyone is sticking together and believing in the principles we've got and how we want to play and pass the ball.

"There's always going to be lessons learnt, and that's the important thing, games are going to be tough, we've got to make them tough for the opposition. And when you're in the ascendancy for long spells like we were today you've got to take the chances.

"It's a relentless division. We had opportunities to score but we haven't taken them. We've got to be ruthless, the goalkeeper's made some good saves but the harsh reality is you're going to get punished at this division."

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Premier League: Southampton 0 Wigan 2

25 August 2012 18:12

Franco Di Santo and Arouna Kone handed Wigan their first three points of the season with a 2-0 away win over promoted Southampton.

Adam Lallana was a bright spark in an otherwise drab first half at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday, the 24-year-old going close to opening the scores with a stunning long-range effort that was tipped onto the bar.

After the break, Southampton were delivered a blow from which they never recovered as Di Santo found the back of the net with a sublime finish, with Kone adding a late second, leaving the hosts without a point after two games.

There was plenty of anticipation from the home crowd down on the south coast after a seven-year wait to see their team compete in the Premier League, but in truth the game took a little while to get going, with both sides struggling to penetrate the other's area in the opening exchanges.

Saints had the better of the possession early on, and nearly got a breakthrough just before 15 minutes had elapsed. Lallana created a yard for himself with a neat turn before smashing a shot towards goal, and was only denied by a brilliant save from Ali Al-Habsi.

The home side continued to press after going close as Jose Fonte picked out Rickie Lambert with a long ball, the big striker getting a header on target but it proving comfortable for the Latics keeper.

Lallana continued to be the danger man in the first half as he created several opportunities.

Wigan had their first chance of the game just after the half-hour mark as Maynor Figueroa blasted a first-time volley at goal after Emerson Boyce's cross.

As the game approached half-time, and the rainfall thickened, chances became few and far between. Di Santo wasted a rare good position as Wigan counter-attacked, before Lallana saw his attempted chip collected by Al-Habsi at the other end.

Wigan came out firing after the break and got the opening goal within five minutes. Shaun Maloney threaded a neat ball past the hosts' back-four as he turned sharply on the edge of the area. Di Santo was then clear of the back-line and smashed a strike past Kelvin Davis.

Southampton looked to hit back instantly as Danny Fox tried a volley from the edge of the box, but Al-Habsi was equal to it. As the half went on, again both sides failed to show any cutting edge on the attack, Di Santo tried an ambitious long-range strike while his confidence was high but got it all wrong as the score stayed level at the hour mark.

Minutes later, though, Lambert nearly grabbed an equaliser. The big striker turned before unleashing an effort from range but Al-Habsi stretched to get a fingertip on it and push it wide.

With under 10 minutes left, Lallana tried to salvage a point for his side, hitting a low strike at goal after a decent run, but Al-Habsi made the save though couldn't collect the ball at the first attempt.

As Saints pushed forward in search of a late point, Wigan punished them on the counter-attack as Kone got in behind the back-four and after stealing the ball from Fonte, he then proceeded to smash the ball past Davis with ease, giving Roberto Martinez's men their first victory of the season.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25