Martinez - We won’t get any favours

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United: Roberto Martinez and Sir Alex Ferguson
Wigan Athletic v Manchester United: Roberto Martinez and Sir Alex Ferguson
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ROBERTO Martinez says Wigan Athletic can rely on favours from no-one as they attempt to escape the dreaded drop.

Latics are bottom of the Premier League going into the final nine games, but have a golden opportunity of picking up points with Saturday’s visit of fellow strugglers Birmingham.

Martinez maintains his team have not been playing too badly of late, and have paid the penalty for being on the wrong end of some rotten luck as well as some rank-bad calls from referees.

The feeling of injustice has served to create a ‘siege mentality’ around the DW – which Martinez hopes to use to his side’s favour between now and May 22.

He told the Evening Post: “I don’t think there’s much belief outside the club we can do it, and that is a fantastic challenge to everyone here to show what we can do.

“It’s quite clear we’re not going to get any favours or help from the outside, and what we need to do is make sure we prove people wrong.

“We know we need to get to a certain tally of points by the end of the year, and it would be a fantastic achievement if we could do it.

“It’s a crucial time for us all and we’re determined to upset the odds.”

After a short break in La Manga, the Wigan players will be feeling refreshed going into the home straight after a blank weekend.

And although Birmingham bowed out of the FA Cup last week, Martinez expects them to come out fighting on Saturday.

“If you were going to play three games, I’d say it would make a difference to have a weekend off,” the Wigan boss added.

“But in a one-off game, it won’t make much difference. Birmingham rested a few players at the weekend who will be fresh for Saturday.

“Everyone knows the importance of the fixture – both sets of players will be playing with real character and will fight for every ball.”