Roberto Martinez feeling relegation pressure already

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has stated that he is glad to see the back of October, after the Latics suffered a pointless month in the Premier League.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Fulham made it seven league defeats in a row for the side from the DW Stadium, who are bottom of the standings with a mere five points.

The Spanish coach is already worried about a season battling against relegation, but feels his side can turn their fortunes around.

“October has been a shocking month for us. I could go from things on the training ground, to suspensions, to injuries, to bad decisions, to hitting the post; I’m delighted it’s the last game in October,” he told Mirror Football.

“But the experience that we had last season really prepared us for anything in football. We are a young group but I think we’re ready.

“The players need to forget about winning games, they just need to focus on improving individually. We’ve got many good options, especially going forward.

“We need to see the overall aim. We need to get 40 points, we’ve got five so we need 35. With the amount of games there are left, there is not a situation where you have to win the next two.

“We want to win the next one because of the momentum, the confidence, the belief that you need to stop the negative run, and that’s what we need to change,” he concluded.

Wigan travel to take on Wolves at Molineux on Sunday, in an important game against one of the Latics’ likely relegation rivals.

By Gareth McKnight