Martinez confident Wigan can secure Premier League future

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez believes his team will be in the Premier League next season – but feels they need to replicate the performance put in against Manchester City on a more regular basis, BBC Sport has reported.

The Latics held the defending league champions – and their FA Cup final opponents – for much of the match on Wednesday evening, going close to taking the lead while the game remained goalless and only losing to a late, spectacular Carlos Tevez strike.

If we play like this we’ll get the points we deserve,” Martinez said, adding: “It’s a performance to be proud of and when you play against a team like Manchester City you have to accept conceding a goal with a piece of magic.

But from a football and tactical point of view, we were better in every department and deserved the points.

Wigan remain in the bottom three after the defeat, three points adrift of Aston Villa, who are 17th, but Martinez’s side have a game in hand on the Midlands club, with the teams set to meet on the final day of the league campaign.

The defeat to City was only Wigan’s second in their last nine games and Martinez believes his players can resume their good run and deliver safety for another year. “We’ve been in a very good run of form. [The performance at City] was no accident. We’ve been playing really well in the last few weeks and the FA Cup success has really helped us,” Martinez said.

We’ve got a very exciting period but the team is at a very good level. The performance was magnificent.

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