Humiliated Wigan offer fans a refund

EMBARRASSED Wigan players have offered refunds to supporters who travelled to their 9-1 drubbing at Tottenham.<br /><br />Latics fans who made the trip witnessed their side suffer the second heaviest defeat in Premier League history, with Spurs striker Jermain Defoe alone scoring five goals.<br /><br />And that yesterday prompted the crestfallen squad&rsquo;s pledge to reimburse the cost of tickets, with captain Mario Melchiot insisting they owe it to the Wigan faithful.<br /><br />&ldquo;We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters yesterday, and this is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their tremendous loyalty,&rdquo; said Melchiot.<br /><br />&ldquo;There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this is something we feel we owe to the fans.&rdquo;<br /><br />The thrashing was a heavy blow for Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who is still finding his feet in his first season in charge at the DW?Stadium, but chairman Dave Whelan insists the Spaniard&rsquo;s job is safe.<br /><br />&ldquo;He is Wigan&rsquo;s manager and I have complete faith in him and I know the supporters have,&rdquo; said Whelan. <br /><br />&ldquo;I am absolutely 100 per cent behind Roberto, he&rsquo;s a great manager and he will pull this team around.&rdquo;