Wigan boss Martinez blames relegation on defensive injuries

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez blamed defensive injuries for their relegation.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez blamed defensive injuries for their relegation.

The 4-1 scoreline, with two goals from Lukas Podolski and four assists for Santi Cazorla, illustrated Wigan's main failing this season - the 71 goals they have now conceded.

Martinez told Sky Sports 1: "We have conceded far too many goals. Going forward we have been magnificent, I think it's been our best season in terms of performances, but the injuries in the back line are something I have never seen before.

"To have four, five, even six players missing in the back line and our keeper affected with injury - our captain Antolin Alcaraz, Ivan Ramis out for the season, Ben Watson with a broken leg, (Jean) Beausejour, (Maynor) Figueroa...

"We have to have so many different partnerships and keep changing, and that caused us problems."

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