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Spaniard believes League Cup exertions played a part in this game

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez believes that the performance put in by his charges during the loss to Fulham is the worst he has witnessed this season.

The Latics travelled to Craven Cottage to take on Mark Hughes' charges, but returned empty-handed after conceding two goals - Clint Dempsey on both occasions - and failing to significantly trouble goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during the course of the game.

And the former Swansea City boss conceded that his side deserved to lose the match.

Martinez said: "No [we didn't deserve anything from the game]. We felt it was our worst performance this season, and obviously it really showed that we can here with no real energy, we were very flat. At no point were we ourselves. We couldn't get on the ball and we were very weak to play against Fulham."

Martinez believes that the rigours of having played a League Cup tie during midweek - against Swansea - worked against his players, while giving the Cottagers an advantage of sorts because they have already been knocked out of the competition. 

"I felt that Fulham prepared for the game very well, the extra days that they had since their last game and it really showed: they were brighter, they were sharper and even though we made a few changes I think we paid the price from playing in the League Cup in midweek. It was one of those performances I felt we must eradicate in our season, but we got it today. We need to make sure that never happens again," he added.

"There are reasons [why we were so flat]. We had some knocks from the game in midweek in the Carling Cup, it was a very energetic performance and we needed a lot. Certain players couldn't cope with three games in a week, it's been a very crazy period for us. But that doesn't take anything away from Fulham. We are a team that are very brave, we want to keep the ball but we couldn't today and Fulham closed us down well. Today we didn't have the strength and we paid the price for never being allowed to be ourselves."

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