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Martinez calls for patience

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes anxiety levels are making his team's task difficult when they play at home.

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Roberto Martinez: The Wigan boss does not want fans to worry

Roberto Martinez: The Wigan boss does not want fans to worry

Martinez praised his charges for their doggedness as they rescued a last-gasp point in a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Southampton.

And the Latics manager has called for the supporters to get right behind the team in their remaining fixtures at the DW Stadium.

"I think we allowed Southampton's pressure to be very effective," Martinez said.

"I don't think we were quick enough with our short passing and we couldn't get away from that first line of pressure that Southampton had. All of a sudden they were a real threat.

"In any sport, when you go into a game where there's huge expectation it becomes a lot harder. That was quite evident.

"I've never seen our crowd as frustrated and as worried as they were. We all need to learn that we've got six games left at home, every single game is an opportunity to get points and we need to enjoy the challenge and be as good as we can be.

"The character we showed to get back on level terms is exactly what we need in this final third of the season."

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sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

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eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

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ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

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