Martinez - It’s full steam ahead

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager Martin Jol

ROBERTO Martinez insists there is ‘no danger’ of Wigan Athletic easing off the accelerator heading into the final month of the Premier League campaign - starting this weekend against Fulham.

Four wins from their last five matches – including famous victories over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal – have put Latics within touching distance of survival.

But the Wigan boss is adamant there will be no let-up in intensity until their top-flight status is assured for another year.

“We have 34 points now, but there’s no danger that any complacency will creep in,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“We have been very satisfied with our performances in recent week.

“But we missed a lot of results and points in the first half of the campaign and we are still playing catch-up.

“We still don’t have enough points that will allow us to achieve our aims, and no-one will be relaxing until that is the case.”

Having picked up three historic results inside the last month, Martinez admits it would be ‘a crying shame’ if Latics were to let it all slip now.

“It’s important we retain a lot of composure for the last four games of the season,” he recognised.

“There are still 12 points to play for and it’s important we keep the same mentality that has served us well in recent weeks.

“We have four cup finals remaining – the first of which is at Fulham – and it’s important there is no let-up.

“It would be a crying shame if we were to pay a price after such performances against Arsenal and Manchester United.

“We have always played for the overall points tally rather than our current league position, and that won’t change.

“Fulham have a great record at home, and Craven Cottage is a very difficult place for any visiting team to go.”

Victory at Arsenal took Latics five points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining.

And Martinez admits the turnaround in fortunes since the beginning of February has been worthy of recognition.

“To have the mentality to go into these big grounds and play against these big sides with the eye-to-eye mentality, and being able to get the three points, is a fantastic achievement,” he added.

“Every player in this football club deserves huge credit. But we know we don’t have enough points.

“We have 12 points to fight for and we need to make sure we keep the same approach.”