Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Wigan

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 4 - 0 Birmingham

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Martinez: No cup distraction

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists his side's pursuit of the FA Cup has not derailed their push for survival in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 03/05/13 at 14:33 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Insists FA Cup run did not hinder their league form

Roberto Martinez: Insists FA Cup run did not hinder their league form

The Latics have reached this month's FA Cup final for the first time in their history, but this achievement could be overshadowed by their slide towards relegation.

Martinez's men are five points from safety with just four games to play, including midweek fixtures either side of their trip to Wembley, but the Spaniard refuses to take any negatives from their cup run.

"I heard it could be a distraction but, believe me, it is not a distraction at all," he said.

"If anything, it is a sense of pride. To be in this position is a huge achievement.

"To be facing the FA Cup final is an historic moment and we are all extremely proud of it.

"That gives you a positive feeling - around the town, around the fans and around the dressing room.

"We are taking every game in the league with the importance it has. We all understand that is the priority.

"But having an FA Cup final is a fantastic reward to fight for in the league.

"From the players' point of view, that is what you are fighting for at the end of a game in the league.

"That is going to help us perform as well as we can in the next four games in the league."

Wigan travel to West Brom on Saturday and the hosts appear to have little to play for after achieving mid-table security, but Martinez believes the Baggies could play with more attacking freedom.

"If anything, it can be quite tricky to play those sides because they can relax, they can be confident about what they do," he said.

"I have never seen a situation where a team plays for nothing.

"Probably the aim of the team is done but, individually, every player plays for their own situation - for contracts, or whatever.

"In this league, if you are not 100 per cent, you have got no chance to get points and that is the message for Saturday.

"I don't think you would expect West Brom to take the foot off the pedal at all.

"I don't think that goes with their make-up, it is not the way they have been playing this season.

"They have been brave, going from game to game, coping with bad results in a remarkable manner.

"I don't think the team will ever accept this is the end of the season."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer Deadline Day: Hull City splash out but Radamel Falcao move to Manchester United makes headlines

Hull were the most active club on deadline day but it was Man Utd's signing of Radamel Falcao which grabbed headlines.

Transfer news: Radamel Falcao joins Manchester United on loan

Manchester United have signed Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Transfer news: Hatem Ben Arfa leaves it late to join Hull City on loan

Hull City have signed midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on a season-long loan from Premier League rivals Newcastle.

Mail Box

It's That Time Again: 'Wenger Out'

Are Arsenal fans the ficklest in the Premier League? That's one question in the mailbox as Gooners call for Wenger to leave (again). Plus, plenty of reaction to Falcao...

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property