Martinez wary of 'unique' Carroll threat
By Football News
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has pinpointed Andy Carroll as West Ham’s biggest threat ahead of the sides’ meeting on Saturday.
The England international has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances and tormented Manchester United's defence during the midweek draw with Alex Ferguson’s side.
And Martinez is now concentrating on stopping the 24-year-old reproducing that performance at the weekend.
"We all saw the power Andy Carroll brings," he said.
"The way he attacks the ball in the final third - as he did at Newcastle - is quite unique and the best in the business.
"Now he is doing that for West Ham and is becoming very important for them and they are getting the best out of the player.
"If you can allow him to get the best out of his strengths he is going to enjoy his football and will be very powerful for the team. At the moment he is in full flow."
Wigan slipped to a 1-0 defeat against reigning champions Manchester City in their last outing, but Martinez says he was heartened by the nature of his team's performance.
"It was a very positive performance," he continued.
"Yes, at this stage of the season we need the points and to get the results but if you look at the dressing room it is full of confidence.
"When I see us visiting the champions and, in the game, demanding three points that fills me with pride because it shows how far we've come. We are prepared to go until the last ball is kicked on May 19."