Martinez loves a good scrap

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez at West Ham

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez at West Ham

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ROBERTO Martinez believes it is better for his side to be involved in a relegation dog fight than have nothing to play for.

Wigan face Tottenham Hotspur today aiming to snatch three vital points in the hunt to avoid relegation and follow on from two successive home victories against Newcastle and Norwich.

“I don’t see it as a relegation fight, I see it as the ending of the season. It does not matter if you’re trying to win the title, get in the top four or fighting relegation, the pressure is the exact same,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“But if you ask me ‘do you prefer to go into the final five games with everything to play for or have a relaxing time?’ I prefer to have the meaning in these games, it is where you get tested as a team as players and that is where you can improve as a football club.

“Football people do not want to go through games where they are thinking about booking their holidays. That is not competition, that is going through the motions. Football people want to be involved in major games.”