Martinez wants a happy break

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is looking for his side to sign off before the international break with a good result at Everton on Sunday.

After winning at Aston Villa on the opening day of the season the Latics have lost back-to-back Barclays Premier League matches against Wolves and Manchester United, as well as crashing out of the Carling Cup against Blackpool in midweek.

"It is important because when you have a break everyone speaks about the last game and the last game needs to be a good performance, a game where everyone feels we have competed on the pitch," said the Spaniard.

"Goodison Park is an historic place in world football and it would be an ideal situation to have an international break having played a good game against Everton.

"We are looking to start the game well at Everton and show we can correct the things we have not done well.

"They were in the FA Cup final not too long ago and had a fantastic end to last season and Everton are a team that can beat anyone on a regular basis."

Martinez is also looking forward to the close of the transfer window on Tuesday, which he believes will allow his squad to concentrate entirely on what he requires them to do.

However, he has not ruled out signing more players before then, especially as veteran midfielder Michael Brown moved to Portsmouth.

"If we can bring in a couple of new faces I think it is important to keep strengthening the squad," he added.

"But I can't wait until the transfer window closes as it will refocus the players on the task in hand instead of thinking about what is next in their personal career."

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