Martinez backs Latics to finish well

15 February 2011 02:30
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is confident he has enough players with the right mental attitude to see them have a successful finish to the season. The Latics, unbeaten in four league matches, face near-neighbours Bolton in an FA Cup fourth round replay at the DW Stadium. While progression in the cup would help maintain their momentum there is no doubt Barclays Premier League survival is paramount, with the club 18th in the table with 11 matches to go. Martinez admits the knockout competition gives his squad a break from the rigours of a relegation battle - he will rest a number of his first-choice players - but acknowledges the same attitude is required regardless. "It is a welcome distraction because this season we have used the cup competitions to add players to our squad," said the Spaniard. "The more experience they have the stronger they get mentally and it makes you capable. "The group is in a very good moment mentally and it is very important that we understand we want to win every game we play in. The game will be decided on small margins but we just have to keep doing what we have been doing. We are going to carry on progressing and that is always a good mentality to have."

Source: PA