Premier League analysis

Passing trend pays long-term dividends

June 18, 2013
By Miguel Delaney
The situation may have been stark, but Roberto Martinez was strident. With only five games of the season left, his technical Wigan team had just been trundled over by Sam Allardyce's more reductive West Ham United.

In the corridors of Upton Park, the next question was understandable: after such a defeat, would Martinez finally consider compromising his passing game in order to keep Wigan up?

There wasn't a moment's hesitation, equivocation or doubt. The answer was clear. "Absolutely ...

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