Martinez feels it will go down to the wire

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has stated that it is likely that the relegation battle will go down to the last day of the season.

The Latics picked up a 2-0 win over Stoke at the weekend, and the Spanish coach is predicting a tight conclusion.

“The other results are going to be like this until the end of the season,” he told Sky Sports.

“We’ve been in this situation before and we know the last seven or eight games of the season the bottom five are going to pick up a lot of points and there’s going to be many twists and turns.

“You can only control your own fate. We need to have as many points as we can when May 13 arrives.

“I don’t think there is a bad team in this league and I don’t think there was a bad team last season. Everyone will be fighting until the end.

“Our last two fixtures are against Blackburn and Wolves, and it’s very difficult not to think it’s going to go down to the last day of the season, but we’re pleased with that because we’ve been through a difficult season, we had eight defeats on the trot and we’re very happy to be able to perform in the manner we do being in the bottom three positions,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight