Martinez puts survival first

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez watched his side secure their first-ever FA Cup semi-final appearance with a 3-0 victory over Everton, but insisted staying in the Premier League remains his priority.

Last Updated: 12/03/13 at 10:56 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Wigan boss insists Premier League survival remains his priorit

Roberto Martinez: Wigan boss insists Premier League survival remains his priorit

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Three goals in four first-half minutes from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez stunned the Toffees, who were looking for back-to-back semi-final appearances.

Martinez has consistently said staying in the top flight must always be the Latics' focus, fielding weaker sides in knockout competitions with four changes for Goodison Park, and no trip to Wembley would deflect that.

"I have said time after time I've made eight or nine changes in the past (in the cup) and since I have arrived at Wigan we want cup success, but not at the expense of the league form," said the Spaniard.

"Making nine or 10 changes is a need in the modern game. The difference now is this season we have a group of 24 players who have shown when they get the opportunity they are competitive.

"If anything this cup run has given us extra players. I think Callum McManaman showed he is ready to play in the league and (goalkeeper) Joel Robles showed a great level of performance.

"This cup success is bringing extra competition into the league campaign and that is what we need to get from this success."

For all the criticism of Everton's poor showing Martinez was adamant his side were worthy winners.

"I think you have to be at your very best at Goodison Park to keep a clean sheet," the Wigan boss added.

"We played well but more importantly we had incredible concentration levels.

"To score three goals away from home in the manner we have done we always looked a real threat going forward and it was a complete performance and a special day for Wigan.

"You unfortunately get used to people saying if you lose it is because you are Wigan and if you win it is because the opposition was poor.

"They weren't poor. My players deserve credit for how they stopped Everton. We stopped the full-backs going forward and getting crosses in from dangerous positions.

"Attacking we kept the ball and I don't think they gave us anything for us to score three so it is unfair to say Everton had a bad day.

"In the second half they threw everything at us and we coped very well.

"It is more a day of a very good performance from our point of view and a well-deserved semi-final."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could return from injury against Arsenal

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis could return to action against Arsenal after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid: Carlos Tevez penalty hands Juve first-leg lead

Juventus will take a narrow lead into their Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid after a 2-1 win in Turin.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini says sorry to supporters

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has written a letter to fans apologising for recent poor results.

Mail Box

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

Arsenal Need Three. These Three...

One mailboxer has the realistic answers to Arsenal's summer transfer needs. We also have plenty more on Newcastle fans, handballs, Chelsea selling and Johnny...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company