Martinez: We can’t rely on others

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez admits Latics can rely on no-one but themselves in the fight for Premier League survival.

Wigan head into tomorrow’s game at Liverpool with only goal difference separating them from rock-bottom Wolves.

Their efforts to escape the bottom three were hardly helped by their weekend opponents’ capitulation at QPR in midweek.

While Martinez doesn’t believe that result changes much in terms of what Latics have to do to stay up, it will act as a reminder not to put too much faith in other results going their way.

“I always thought QPR would beat Liverpool, so nothing’s changed in that respect,” the Wigan boss said.

“Obviously it didn’t look good for them at 2-0 down, because it’s hard enough to come back from a goal down to win in this league. But I wouldn’t say it has damaged our chances, not at all.

“What it has done is reiterate the fact that we can’t rely on any other results to achieve our goals.

“What we have to do is keep working towards our own points target.

“If we don’t achieve that, only then do we look elsewhere and hope for a favour.

“But in the meantime we can’t be affording to do anything else other than focusing on ourselves.”

Latics had only themselves to blame for not collecting all three points against West Brom last weekend, when they converted just one of 20 chances created.

Martinez, though, will not be wasting any time wondering what might have been had several players not fluffed their lines in front of goal.

“In football, you can’t be thinking: ‘What if?’” he added. “If you had a 20-goals-a-season striker, you’d always be thinking: ‘What if he got injured?’ That wouldn’t necessarily lead to happiness.

“What matters is our performances are getting stronger at the right point of the season.

“I accept we are second from bottom of the table, and the reason for that is we are not taking our chances. We need to improve on that, but I feel everything’s in place for us to have a successful run-in.”

Martinez also refuted the notion he’d missed a trick by not bringing in striking reinforcements during the transfer window.

“Twenty-goals-a-season strikers don’t grow on trees,” the Spaniard countered.

“We tried to improve what we had, but you need to bring in players who can fit in straightaway – and there was no-one around who fitted that bill.”