Martinez lauds Hughton impact at Norwich

The Wigan manager has heaped praise on his Canaries counterpart for masterminding an unbeaten run in the Premier League which stretches back to the beginning of October
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the work done by Chris Hughton at Norwich ahead of the two sides' meeting this weekend.

The Canaries haven't tasted defeat in the Premier League since losing at Stamford Bridge on October 6, seeing off the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal during that run.

And Martinez believes the former Birmingham and Newcastle manager deserves immense credit for finding the right balance after a difficult start.

“Whilst there have been changes in personnel at the club they have maintained good consistency in terms of the playing staff, bringing in players also who have managed to settle in very quickly," he told the club's official website.

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“The two full-backs Steven Whittaker and Javier Garrido in particular have brought experience and balance to the side, and after a difficult start to the season which is inevitable following changes in ideas and work, they find themselves in the best moment of their season.

“They are unbeaten in their last nine league games, a run of consistency that is very hard to achieve, beating top sides along the way and going away from home like last weekend at Swansea and score four goals."

Wigan find themselves in the Premier League drop-zone by virtue of goal difference, but the Spaniard is confident things will change.

He continued: "We know that the table in December gives you an indication, but we also know that our recent performances have been good and solid.

“We are where we want to be in terms of many aspects we’re seeing on the pitch, but there are areas of improvement at the same time because the points tally is not what we wanted at this stage."