Martinez looks for home improvement

first_img Press Association The Latics pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with an impressive 3-0 win at fellow strugglers Reading last week but they are outside the bottom three only on goal difference. They have won just twice in the league at the DW Stadium all season and, ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Saturday evening, Martinez said:. “We have a very good record at home against Liverpool over the last four seasons and it is one of those moments of the season – we need to embrace those final six games of the season at the DW Stadium.” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez acknowledges his team must improve their home form to maintain their Barclays Premier League status.center_img He added: “Our performances have been very good but our results haven’t been able to match that. “There are certain margins we need to affect. We need to improve in certain aspects and that should start on Saturday. “They are a very difficult side but we need to create a special atmosphere in our own environment.” Martinez accepts his side do not boast the individual talents of Liverpool but that does not mean they cannot come out on top. He said: “We know we need to be at our best. “They are very creative and inventive in areas, they have got real pace and quality, they are well organised and press really well. They keep the ball extremely well. “It is very difficult to find weaknesses but results are a different matter.” last_img read more

Football: David Edwards pleased with Saturday performance but eager to improve

first_imgDavid Edwards came to the University of Wisconsin football team expecting to play tight end. His first start for the Badgers, however, came in at right tackle Saturday night against Nebraska.The last time he had started a football game on the offensive line was the sixth grade, Edwards said. But Edwards’ transition from tight end to tackle, which occurred during spring ball this year, went quickly and relatively smoothly. A shaky offensive line and an injury to redshirt sophomore Jacob Maxwell, who started UW’s first seven games at right tackle, opened the door for the redshirt sophomore’s performance.“I thought I did some good things,” Edwards said. “Obviously there were a lot of things to clean up. I came back out Sunday, I felt pretty good about myself.”Football notes: No. 8 Badgers focus on energy, rankings indifference, injury reportIf Dare Ogunbowale gets his way, there will be no music blaring over the speakers this week at the University Read…Edwards’ first step was nearly simultaneous with the snap of the ball, using a technique tight ends coach Mickey Turner helped him work on by timing the snap. Edwards’ ability to be in his stance early off the snap allowed him to settle into his pass-protection stance and to get his hands on his oncoming defender early.“I thought my pass protection and my pass sets were pretty solid,” Edwards said. “But there are a lot of things in the run game I need to clean up.”UW head coach Paul Chryst was impressed with his young lineman’s performance.“He did some really good things,” Chryst said. “He had played some, this was the most extensive action. I thought with that, he was good. You didn’t see a big drop-off as the game went on. [I] thought he was challenged and battled in those challenges. From that, now getting that significant experience, this late in the season can be big.”After significant flipping and flopping of personnel across the offensive line, Wisconsin stuck with a five-man lineup for the majority of the Nebraska game consisting of (from left-to-right): Ryan Ramczyk, Jon Dietzen, Michael Deiter, Beau Benzcahwel and Edwards. Micah Kapoi came in for a couple of series at the guard spots.Football: Voltz unexpectedly retires, leaves left guard spot vacantA mere week and a half from the beginning of the 2016 season, and the University of Wisconsin football team Read…Regardless of who is next to him, Edwards said he is comfortable, but would thrive with a cohesive unit.“I feel pretty confident with whoever is in there,” Edwards said. “Offensive line has a lot of continuity and chemistry [to it].”All-in-all, Saturday was a successful night for Edwards, and one he will never forget.“I was thinking about it, what a really cool experience to be able to say my first start was against a top 10 team and we won in overtime,” Edwards said. “It was kind of unreal.”last_img read more