Martinez ready for DW 'party'

01 May 2010 09:58
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is hoping his players can celebrate retaining their Premier League status with a strong finish to the campaign.

Having secured survival last weekend, on Monday the Latics host Hull, who are effectively down already and could be officially relegated tomorrow if West Ham avoid defeat at Fulham.

Wigan then face a very different assignment when they travel to table-toppers Chelsea on the final day of the season, but Martinez feels it is important his players approach both games in a way that will allow them to enjoy their achievement of beating the drop.

The Spaniard has called for a "party atmosphere" at the DW Stadium on Monday, and is also relishing the prospect of having a potentially decisive say in the title race between Chelsea and Manchester United.

"From our point of view it's a great way to finish the season," Martinez said.

"To be involved in what is going to be the title challenge is a fantastic experience for everyone at Wigan Athletic and we'll be ready for the occasion.

"We've achieved our aim of retaining our place in the Premier League and the next two games are very important in terms of standards and making sure we finish as strong as we can. We're always trying to build to next season.

"The last game against Chelsea is a high-profile game. It's one of those as a player you want to be involved in.

"The whole of world football will be watching, although they'll have an eye on Old Trafford as well.

"We need to be sure we're ready to be ourselves and represent our football club in the best possible manner."

Source: Team_Talk