ROBERTO Martinez has issued a rallying call ahead of the visit of Everton that could make or break Wigan Athletic’s season.
Latics slipped back into the bottom three at the weekend after going down at Sunderland, and have only four matches left to save themselves from the drop.
The first of those sees in-form Everton arrive at the DW for Wigan’s first home match in a month – and Martinez says it’s vital his side take full advantage.
Martinez reckons six points would guarantee Latics a seventh season of top-flight football and, with fellow strugglers West Ham also left to play home, he believes home form will be crucial.
“We have to carry on with our good work in our last few home games – because the next four games will decide our destiny,” he told the Observer.
“We need to start well and control the game, and we need to learn the lessons from the Sunderland game.”
Despite taking the lead at the Stadium of Light, Latics were pegged back by a Sunderland side spurred on by a home crowd who clearly recognised the importance of the situation.
And Martinez wants the Wigan fans to replicate that atmosphere to hopefully unsettle Everton.
“The home crowd had a positive effect on Sunderland at the weekend, their players were allowed to raise their games,” the Spaniard added.
“That’s what playing at home gives you, and the games against Everton and West Ham are two huge, huge games that will shape our season.
“The help from our fans will be potentially decisive, and we need them more than ever on Saturday to be our 12th man.”
Latics will be boosted by the availability of Maynor Figueroa after the Honduran completed a two-match suspension.