Roberto Martinez has warned his Wigan side they must keep more clean sheets if they are to survive for an eighth Premier League season.
The Latics have kept just four league clean sheets this season – all of them away from home – the latest in a win at Reading on Saturday that pulled them out of the bottom three. Reading had taken 10 points from five games but failed to get a shot on target as Arouna Koné's double and a Maynor Figueroa strike banked the points.
While delighted to grab a first league win of 2013, Martinez was keener still to stress the importance of his side's defensive display as they look to beat the drop yet again. "I would say it was as good as it gets," he said."We have to keep improving but to keep a clean sheet away from home is pleasing. We have to make sure we replicate this level until the end of the season."