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10 Mar 2013 08:17:19

Relegation battle is our priority despite FA Cup win - Martinez

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was delighted with his side's history-making FA Cup 3-0 quarter-final win over Everton, but insisted it would not detract from their relegation battle.

Three Goals in just 202 first-half seconds from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez stunned the Toffees, who were looking for back-to-back semi-final appearances.

"I have said time after time I've made eight or nine changes in the past (in the cup) and since I have arrived at Wigan we want cup success, but not at the expense of the league form," said the Spaniard.

"Making nine or 10 changes is a need in the modern game. The difference now is this season we have a group of 24 players who have shown when they get the opportunity they are competitive.

"If anything this cup run has given us extra players. I think Callum McManaman showed he is ready to play in the league and (goalkeeper) Joel Robles showed a great level of performance.

"This cup success is bringing extra competition into the league campaign and that is what we need to get from this success."

For all the criticism of Everton's poor showing Martinez was adamant his side were worthy winners - something he and opposite number David Moyes were agreed on.

Moyes said: "Wigan played well and on the day we didn't play well.

"We've not had many of those days this season, probably not had many of those days since January last year. Today was one of those days where it didn't go well at all and we just didn't perform.

"We can't argue, Wigan were the better team on the day. We can't complain, we weren't good enough."


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