Martinez focusing on points

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is more concerned with accumulating points than obsessing over the Premier League table.

Last Updated: 07/05/13 at 08:36 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Expecting more twists and turns

Roberto Martinez: Expecting more twists and turns

The Spaniard, who will oversee his 150th top-flight game in charge of the Latics against former club Swansea on Tuesday evening, could see his side move out of the bottom three with a win.

But Martinez insists the only time he will worry about the club's league placing is on the final day of the season.

"I never really take much notice of landmarks but 150 games is an incredible number," said Martinez. "There's not many managers who have done it, put it that way.

"At 39 to have that honour is very satisfying but football is not about managers or landmarks, it is about reaching our aim. There are nine points still available for us and that's our main focus right now.

"We're not viewing the game simply as a chance to move out of the bottom three. Each week the table has its twists and turns so for me the only thing to focus on is the opportunity to add more points to our tally.

"When May 19 comes around that's when we'll focus on the table with a points tally that will help us achieve our aims. But it's certainly pleasing to see a real continuity in our performances.

"The last four games have seen displays of the highest order and that's when you need to take three points."

Return

Midfielder James McArthur is set to return having been rested for Saturday's vital 3-2 win over West Brom.

The Scotland international still played his part at the Hawthorns, however, scoring with his first touch after coming on as a substitute and then heading off the line in the dying seconds.

Martinez has admitted that the 25-year-old did not appreciate the temporary axing but claims it was all part of the game plan.

"It was planned," explained Martinez. "James was our best player against Spurs (the previous week) and he didn't lose his place based on his performance.

"I knew the game would need energy, a second injection of blood in the last 20 to 25 minutes.

"James didn't understand that before the game but the attitude he showed was incredible and his first touch changed the game completely."

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