Wigan manager Roberto Martinez wary of opening day clash with Norwich City

The Latics suffered a 4-0 defeat to Blackpool on the first day of the 2010-11 season and the Spaniard has called for his side to make a strong start at home on Saturday
Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is aware of the threat presented by Norwich City in their Premier League season opener on Saturday.

The Latics suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Blackpool at the start of the 2010-11 campaign.

Martinez's side narrowly avoided relegation on the last day of the season while Ian Holloway's side were ultimately relegated, but the Spanish manager hopes his squad will be more guarded against an upset when Norwich arrive in Wigan.

"We have the experience from last year of playing a newly-promoted side up first and it is so much harder to play these sides when they have that extra bit of energy and emotion," he told the Wigan Evening Post.

"But on the plus side we know exactly what to expect. And we'll be ready for the emotion of the day. It's also important to get our home form up and running as soon as possible.

"To be able to start the season at the DW [Wigan's stadium] is a great opportunity for us to reach new heights early on, with help from the fans, and we need to make all of that count on Saturday."