Friday, 20 April 2012

Martinez Delighted with Incredible Run

Wigan Athletic boss, Roberto Martinez, believes that his side are finally getting full value for their performances, following four wins in their last five games.

The Latics have hit form at just the right time of the season and, arguably, during their toughest run of the campaign, to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Wigan were bottom of the pile only a month ago, but first-ever victories at Liverpool and Arsenal, and a maiden win over Manchester United, have turned their season around. The only blot on their copybook was a controversial 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Martinez admitted Wigan were struggling for confidence while they were rock bottom.

"We had performances - to mention a few: Norwich, Aston Villa and West Brom - where we played really, really well but didn't get the points", he said.

"That was because of the position we had in the table and the connotations that affect our final-third play – that stops you from scoring goals and getting points."

The shock 2-1 victory at Anfield proved to be a watershed in Wigan’s season, and Martinez believes they have gone "into a different dimension" since the famous win.

"Probably the most pleasing aspect is that we deserved the points. That's credit to the players and how hard they've been working under the circumstances – with the real need of points and being in that position in the table", he added.

Wigan’s incredible run of results appears to have ensured another season in the Premier League. Martinez’s side sit 16th, five points clear of safety with four games remaining, though third-bottom Bolton Wanderers have two games in hand.

Managers prefer points on the board at this stage of the season and Martinez will feel confident of securing safety with time to spare if Wigan maintain their current form. Make your Premier League betting predictions with Betfred.

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