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. 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.”
“I’ve been really happy with how different the strikers are. Apostolos Vellios has been working really well but then you’ve got three senior figures with Nikica Jelavic, Victor Anichebe and Arouna Kone. All three are going to be important. “Probably the focus is not who’s going to start on Saturday, it’s more how strong the competition can be throughout the campaign because it’s important to have effective strikers. They’re all ready.” Martinez favoured a single striker for much of his time at Wigan, and former Everton boss David Moyes adopted the same policy at Goodison Park. Versatility is the key word for Martinez, though, ahead of his first competitive match against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday. “We need to be flexible,” said Martinez. “It’s something we’ve been working on this pre-season to play in different systems, having different partnerships, and that’s something we’re going to carry on testing over the next few weeks.” Martinez has spent a lot of his first summer at Goodison Park fending off questions about the futures of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, who have both been strongly linked with moves to Manchester United to rejoin old boss Moyes. United are said to have had one bid turned down for Baines, while Martinez talked about his relief when a buy-out clause in Fellaini’s contract expired at the end of last month. Press Association There are still more than two weeks of the transfer window to go, and Martinez said: “I’m not concerned at all at the moment. “The window is open and until it closes you’re going to get speculation, you’re going to get a lot of talk, not just at Everton. It’s the norm. “Marouane had a buy-out clause where it was very straightforward. If someone met that valuation, the club had no say. “That finished on July 31 so you can imagine during that period everyone was a bit expectant about what would happen. Once that date went, you just focus on working for the next season.” Martinez is still in the market for new signings having brought Gerard Deulofeu and former Wigan trio Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Kone to the club this summer. But the form of teenagers Ross Barkley and John Stones has made him even more confident about the squad he already has. “I’ve been very impressed with the youngsters,” said Martinez. “Ross Barkley and John Stones have really surprised me. I knew they had a fantastic future, but what they’ve got is a very special presence, and that excites me. “You always need to keep looking to try to help the players we’ve got at the club but we’re not looking for a specific number. If we don’t bring anyone in, I’ll be happy.” Martinez signed Arouna Kone from former club Wigan to join Nikica Jelavic, Victor Anichebe and 21-year-old Apostolos Vellios, and the Spaniard expects all of them to play a big part this season. Martinez said: “That’s the type of decision you always want. When you’ve got three or four options to play up front, that’s a great position to be in as a manager. Roberto Martinez is being given a selection headache for his first Barclays Premier League game in charge of Everton by his four strikers.
DES MOINES — Republican Congressman Steve King Friday afternoon said he wishes he had phrased a recent statement about abortion differently, but he said the statement “was objectively honest and accurate.”Two weeks ago, King told a central Iowa group that given “all the rape and pillage” over the centuries, there might not be any population of the world left if all the “products of rape and incest” were removed from “all the family trees.” King hosted a news conference in Des Moines to discuss the topic.“I would point out that genealogists have contacted me and said that’s 100% correct,” King said. “I’d rather deliver that in a little softer way, though.”King said the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” carries that message, as an angel showed the film’s main character what life in his community would have been like had he not been born. King was joined at the news conference by a handful of people who, like King, support an abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest. “Save the 1” president Rebecca Kiesling thanked King for his comments and accused King’s critics of classifying those who are conceived in rape as she was as “sub-human.”“You just throw it around like it’s some kind of political game and you throw out these headlines like it’s a frickin’ joke. It’s not. You’re talking about real people, about our lives and you’re so callous and flippant,” Kiesling said. “And I am so grateful that there are others who are willing to put themselves out there when they don’t have a personal stake go like I do.”Personhood Iowa executive director Tim Overlin said King is among the few politicians who have “gone to the wall” on the abortion issue.“If we’re not going to back them up, then I don’t know how we can expect them to keep fighting against the folks in and outside of the party,” Overlin said.Tamara Scott, host of a program called “Truth for Our Time” on YouTube, said the evidence of rape and incest is destroyed if there’s an abortion.“Crimes go unnoticed, criminals go unpunished, predators run free, women and children remain in danger,” Scott said. “..The media and lawmakers have it within their means to put an end to this tragedy.”Scott is also the Iowa Republican Party’s National Committeewoman and a lobbyist for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, but Scott said she was not at the news conference to endorse King or get involved in King’s Republican Primary. Three Republicans in the fourth congressional district are challenging King’s bid for a 10th term in the U.S. House.