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Wednesday 21 March 2012

Martinez full of praise for improving Wigan

Latics manager tells players their performances will bring wins eventually

Wigan were left to rue missed chances in their 1-1 draw against West Brom on Saturday

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has lavished praise on his players for their recent performances in the Barclays Premier League.

The Latics are 19th in the division, a point away from safety, but have only lost one of their last six matches, and were unlucky not to claim all three points in a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday.

"The hardest challenge is to be consistent in terms of performances and results"
- Roberto Martinez

Martinez has said all season the experience of beating the drop last time around will help Wigan, and he believes the quality of their football recently has deserved a greater reward.

"The hardest challenge in this League is to be consistent in performances and results, but I feel we've been achieving that," Martinez told the club's official website.

"The problem is that our position means we're catching up and we're desperate for the points, so if you don't get the full three points you don't get the full satisfaction from such a fantastic performance.

"Against Everton, Bolton, Aston Villa, Norwich and West Brom we were dominating and deserved three points from each game. Now we need to make sure that we can continue producing performances that will bring the rewards we need.

"Everyone in the squad is focused on that objective and the work being done at Christopher Park [training ground] has been very efficient.

"On top of that the reaction from the fans has been outstanding, they're the ones who instigate that performance and once again we showed how proud we all are of our football club."

Muamba tribute

The Spaniard also took time to pay his own tribute to Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, after the 23-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during their FA Cup tie at Tottenham on Saturday.

Muamba is in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, but his condition is improving every day.

Martinez added: "What happened to Fabrice was a real shock and we're all praying for him right now and sending our best wishes to his family.

"We all know the demands on today's footballers are huge, but these boys train hard every day to meet those demands and when something like this happens it sends shock waves through the game.

"We've seen it happen in the past with players all around the world and some of those incidents have had a real positive outcome, so we're sending all our energy to Fabrice to hope the same happens this time."

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Key Points

  • Roberto Martinez full of praise for Wigan players
  • Latics manager believes recent performances have been 'fantastic'
  • Martinez also offered support for Fabrice Muamba