Roberto Martinez: Safety must come first

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Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez says that winning football is all that matters in the short term, with his club in trouble near the foot of the Premier League table.

The Latics have won just twice in 12 league games so far this season and their Spanish manager is eager for points rather than plaudits in the next few weeks.

He told reporters:"One thing is clear – it is important to know how you play and your style because that is for the long-term ambitions of the club, but we are working for the short-term and the future.

"It doesn't matter how you play, everything is to win. Sometimes you need to sacrifice certain results in the short-term to achieve a certain level.

"But to say you would prefer to get relegated playing good football is wrong – I don't believe it is good football if you don't win games.

"In football it is about winning and being competitive on the pitch and it is important to develop a way to play which allows you to win games."

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