Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Martinez: Results don't tell story

Roberto Martinez takes his Wigan side to Loftus Road on Sunday for a true relegation six-pointer
Roberto Martinez takes his Wigan side to Loftus Road on Sunday for a true relegation six-pointer

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has urged his players not to become "confused" by the plight of relegation rivals QPR.

The Latics head to Loftus Road on Sunday for a true relegation six-pointer at the foot of the Barclays Premier League. Whilst Wigan are only out of the bottom three on goal difference to Aston Villa, Harry Redknapp's Rangers are currently staring the drop in the face as they are seven points adrift of safety.

But after back-to-back 3-2 defeats at Villa and Fulham for QPR, Martinez is refusing to be lulled into a false sense of security, and he said: "People are talking about the results QPR have had and the points they have and I don't feel it gives a true representation."

He added: "You look at the performances they have had since January, when they renewed the squad, and it's not a squad that deserves to be where it is in the table.

"I saw them against Fulham, and although they made big mistakes at the back that cost them goals, they created plenty of chances and are an extremely dangerous side.

"I feel they were very unfortunate not to get anything out of the last two games against Fulham and Aston Villa because, on balance, they were the better side. We're not going to become confused by their last two results. We know they are capable of winning games and we'll be well aware of what can happen."

Wigan head back on the road with an enviable record of having won six and drawn two of their last nine away games in all competitions.

Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post, Martinez added: "We can't afford to be worrying about QPR - all we can do is worry about ourselves.

"We don't have enough points on the board and we are in a relegation battle ourselves.

"We have played most of our best football away from home this season and we need to make sure we continue at that level."

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