Wigan not safe yet, says Roberto Martinez

 

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has warned his players not to believe their work is done after a momentous 1-0 win over Manchester United allowed them to clamber out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.

Shaun Maloney's strike at the start of the second half proved enough to earn the Latics their first win over United in 15 attempts.

Wigan are now fourth bottom, nine points ahead of basement boys Wolves, three in front of Blackburn and two ahead of Bolton.

However, they still have to meet Arsenal and Newcastle in their final five games and end with clashes against Blackburn and Wolves, so Martinez is anxious his players should take nothing for granted.

 

"I wouldn't like to see it as job done," he said.

"When we were bottom and second bottom I was always looking at the last fixture of the season.

"We play Blackburn and Wolves in the last two games. It would be very foolish for us to think anything has been done.

"It is great to see the points tally but we all know May 13 is the most important thing."

Wigan deserve additional credit for the result as they were forced to overcome the mental strain of having a Victor Moses header ruled out after 30 minutes.

After the shocking calls that went against them at Chelsea on Saturday, it would have been easy for their heads to drop.

However, Wigan kept their nerve and held United at bay even as they mounted a late onslaught.

"It has been such a tough week since the Chelsea game," he said.

"But we could not feel we had someone to blame or be sorry for ourselves.

"It was very important that we focused on our performance.

"At half-time it was exactly the same.

"The players had a real anger about them but we used it to our advantage.

"The players showed a mature side to their approach.

"To perform like we did, against Manchester United, with the record we had against them, speaks volumes about the minds of these players."

It was possibly Martinez's finest day in his three years as manager, after which he addressed rumours of an intention to leave in the summer.

"I heard that and was very surprised," he said.

"You wonder where that rumour is coming from. At this stage of the season there is a real fight amongst the bottom five, you feel stories can upset clubs internally.

"There is nothing true about it. I signed a new deal in the summer for an extra two years.

"That was my conversation with the chairman and nothing has changed since."

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