Roberto Martinez makes style pledge

Wigan manager Roberto MartinezRoberto Martinez insists Wigan will continue to play passing football as they battle to stay in the Premier League.

Latics again turned on the style to defeat Millwall 2-0 in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final and the Spaniard has vowed to stick by the same principles as his side fight another relegation battle.

Positive results for Sunderland and Aston Villa over the weekend mean Wigan are back in the bottom three and face battle to beat the drop over the remaining games of the season.

However, while Martinez wants his players to fight for survival, he also wants them to play good football.

“I have never been tempted to change,” he said. “From starting as a manager at Swansea in 2007, it hasn’t been easy.

“Everyone looks at Swansea now and thinks they have played that way for 20 years. It took six months. It was very new and people had to be educated.

“But since I left my country to join the British game I would never change my football beliefs.”

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