ROBERTO Martinez admits nothing less than a “perfect” finish to the season will be good enough to guarantee Wigan Athletic’s Premier League future.
Latics were crushed 4-0 at home by Liverpool on Saturday evening, blowing a big chance to put some daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
They could slip back into the drop zone tonight if Aston Villa pick up anything from their home game with Manchester City.
And Martinez acknowledged time is running out for Latics to find the consistency that underpinned last season’s Great Escape.
“Every game is a very important game, and we need to be perfect from now on,” said Martinez.
“It’s important we understand what’s required to win games.
“We need to focus and get ready for the next one.”
Latics were behind after only 90 seconds through Stewart Downing’s close-range header, with Luis Suarez supplying the other three goals in a marvellous individual display.
The home side’s afternoon was summed up by an unsavoury first-half clash between Emmerson Boyce and James McArthur that required the intervention of skipper Gary Caldwell and referee Martin Atkinson to calm down.
“McArthur and Boyce showed real desire – it was a show of frustration,” Martinez added.
“They were hurt by the situation and position they were in. I would rather have that passion than go through the motions.”
Martinez had earlier allowed David Jones to join Blackburn on an emergency loan deal for the rest of the season.
The former Manchester United junior had slipped further down the pecking order at the DW since the arrival of Roger Espinoza, and marked his debut with an injury-time goal in Rovers’ 3-2 home defeat to Peterborough.
“I want to come here and make an impact and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Jones. “I thought my opportunities would be limited at Wigan for the remainder of the season, and this chance arose.”