Thursday, 15 March 2012

Martinez calls on experience

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez feels his side can use last year's escape from relegation as an inspiration to avoid the drop this year.
The Latics are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table with just 10 games remaining, but Martinez believes a repeat of last year's heroics is needed to survive.
His side narrowly avoided relegation last year by beating Stoke on the final day of the season and Martinez wants his side to remember that experience when they face West Brom on Saturday.
Martinez said: "The last campaign we were in a similar position, probably a worse position with 10 games to go, so we know exactly what we have to get through and what level we have to reproduce.


"The hardest thing in football or in life in general is going into the unknown. We would prefer to be in a different position but the truth is we know what to expect and we can control our destiny by performing well."
He added: "Experience is a big word and sometimes it's difficult to describe it but clearly it's a strength now."
Wigan's home form has been a cause for concern this campaign - fans at the
DW Stadium have only seen their team win one game all season - and this is something Martinez is hoping to change.
He said: "One win at home is not going to be good enough and we want to change that. We've had big, big afternoons at the DW Stadium over the seasons. In the last campaign there were many twists and turns in the last 10 games and in this league you expect that.
"We can't rely on anyone else because our position doesn't allow us to do that. That's why it's going to be crucial at home this season and to be ready and help the players to be themselves and achieve what we deserve to achieve."