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ROBERTO Martinez has revealed that he’s not overly concerned with the look of the Barclays Premier League table at present – the focus is on getting wins and performances.

Latics currently sit in the final of the three relegation places – on goal difference behind Fulham – following a run of just one win in the last 10 league games.

However, a couple of hard-fought draws in the last two games have given boss Martinez cause for optimism.

He said: “We are looking at ourselves more than anything.

“We are always trying to get that level of performance that would allow us to get two or three good results.

“If you do that, the table will reflect that. You can see how tight the margins are.

“In the last two results we have been consistent and now is the time to get wins behind the performances. Once you do that you can look at the table.”

The Spaniard was clearly satisfield with those two draws, adding: “I think the two draws were very different.

“Playing at home against a physically strong Stoke side, we went behind twice. We had to show a real know-how and composure on the ball.

“We took control of it and we did well, finished the game strong.

“Going away from home at Goodison Park we had to show a lot of concentration and intensity in our defending because Everton pushed us and put us under moments of real pressure.

“Then we finished strong and had opportunities to win the game.

“Both games were very different and slowly we are showing we are capable of having that different dimension in our play.

“That is very pleasing.

“Now is the time to take all the good things we have shown this season and start to get the points we believe the performances deserve.”

Meanwhile, it appears Martinez is not planning to make any moves to sign on-loan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi permanently until next summer.

Parent club Bolton have said they are prepared to listen to offers for the Oman international, who has impressed since moving to the DW Stadium on a year-long deal in July.

Al Habsi has supplanted Chris Kirkland as first choice at Latics and his performances have reportedly attracted the interest of other clubs.

Despite that, Martinez does not necessarily see any urgency to try to push through a permanent deal for the 28-year-old during next month’s transfer window.

The Latics boss said: “From our point of view Ali is here for the whole season.

“We have been very pleased with Ali’s performances and the way he has settled into the football club.

“I don’t want to distract from the good level Ali is showing.

“We have got him until the end of the season and we will work really hard in the summer to secure his services.

“There is going to be a lot of speculation but our focus is on the games before the window.

“Ali can carry on improving his game. I feel Ali is probably at the age where he is ready to show his true potential in the Premier League and I am delighted to have him here with us.”