Martinez out to paint Toon red

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is preparing to paint Newcastle red in this evening’s Barclays Premier League clash at St James’ Park.

The Latics manager was boosted by the first hour of his side’s performance against defending champions Manchester City in midweek and hopes the debut of Wigan’s new all-red third kit will evoke memories of previous successes. It will be the first time Wigan have played in red since 2003 when they were crowned Division Two champions, and Martinez hopes the move will help evoke a winning mentality against a Newcastle side desperate for a win.

“We have some very happy memories of playing in red kits and I feel it’s important that you associate iconic kits with success,” the Spaniard said.

“First when we wore red it was a very nice moment in the victory against Huddersfield in the 100-point season to get promotion, and I don’t think we were very lucky with our third kit being white so we’re looking to see how we can perform with this new kit.”

Wigan are unable to play in blue and white stripes or black due to Newcastle’s shirt designs. The Magpies, just one place above Wigan in the Premier League table in 14th place, failed to win a game in any competition last month.