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Martinez: We will give them our all

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has vowed his team will "give their lives" in their efforts to beat the drop after they pulled themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Blackpool.

The Latics went ahead in just the third minute at Bloomfield Road when Hugo Rodallega slotted through Matt Gilks' legs, and Charles N'Zogbia made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time.

Mohamed Diame sent in a third for the visitors via a deflection off Neal Eardley midway through the second period, rendering DJ Campbell's late reply a mere consolation.

The result meant Wigan, who had gone into the contest bottom of the table, leapfrogged their opponents into 17th place.

Martinez's side have five more fixtures to secure their safety and the Spaniard said: "Before the game we had 18 points to play for and every point is extra significant.

"Now we have got 15 points to play for and I can guarantee you that we are going to give our lives to achieve our aim and carry on with the dream, which is Wigan Athletic in the Premier League."

N'Zogbia, who has frequently been linked with a move away from Wigan, was particularly impressive and asked if the Frenchman was likely to still be at the club next season, Martinez said: "It's impossible to tell right now.

"But what is quite clear is that Charlie is a player that everyone loves to watch, because he has got sensational raw talent. He is a huge asset as we all know and all I want is for Charlie to enjoy his football in every game that he plays.

"For me it is a compliment when people say other clubs are attracted to our players - and it's not just one there, if you look at James McCarthy and Hugo Rodallega as well as Charles.

"They are very special players and all I want is for them to keep on developing and helping Wigan Athletic along the way."

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