Martinez: Latics not safe yet

Manager Roberto Martinez is refusing to accept that Wigan Athletic are now safe despite Sunday’s dramatic fightback against Arsenal.

The Latics looked to be heading to another defeat when they trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining at the DW Stadium.

However, goals from Ben Watson and Titus Bramble brought them level before Charles N’Zogbia struck a dramatic winner in injury time.

The Latics are now seven points clear of the relegation zone with just three games remaining, but Martinez doesn’t believe their Premier League status has been secured just yet.

When asked if they were now safe, he replied:“Not at all. It is exactly the same focus for next week now.

“We have a big game against West Ham. We need to make sure we finish the season as strong as we can be.

“We have been working very hard over nine or 10 months now and we need to make sure we finish strongly.”

Speaking about the stirring comeback, he added:“We finally got the rewards our performance deserved.

“Not many teams come back from 2-0 down against Arsenal and the reason is the effort and belief the players showed today.

“Moments like this are vital for our club, are the reason why we are involved in football and what our fans deserved.

“To beat Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal in one season is something that doesn’t come by accident and I’m extremely proud of the players.”

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