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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Martinez refuses to panic at Wigan

Spanish manager keeping cool despite shocking run of form

Roberto Martinez has watched on helplessly as Wigan have lost seven matches in a row

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has refused to press the panic button despite a shocking run of form that has seen his team slip to bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

The Latics have lost their last seven games in a row in the league and have picked up only five points from 10 games so far, with their latest reverse coming at the hands of Fulham on Saturday.

Wigan were also bottom last season but hauled themselves to safety on the final day of the campaign, and Martinez believes that experience will hold them in good stead this time around.

"October has been a shocking month for us," said the Spaniard. "I could talk about things on the training ground, to suspensions, to injuries, to bad decisions, to hitting the post. I'm delighted we've had our last game in October.

"But the experience that we had last season really prepared us for anything in football. We are a young group, but I think we're ready.

"The players need to forget about winning games, they just need to focus on improving individually. We've got many good options, especially going forward.

"We need to see the overall aim. We need to get 40 points, we've got five so we need 35. With the amount of games there are left, there is not a situation where you have to win the next two.

"We want to win the next match because of the momentum, the confidence, the belief that you need to stop the negative run, and that's what we need to change."

Martinez takes his beleagured Wigan side to Wolves, who are three points better off and three places higher, on Sunday.

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Key Points

  • Wigan have endured miserable start to season
  • Martinez glad to see the back of awful October
  • Confident Latics can survive as they did last season