Belfast Telegraph

Martinez confident of beating drop

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is convinced his side will again beat relegation because defying odds is in their nature.

Latics, who avoided the drop only on the final day of last season, are bottom of Barclays Premier League heading into Saturday's crucial encounter at fellow strugglers QPR.

Martinez's men, with just 15 points from 21 games and numerous statistics against them, are many bookmakers' favourites to finish last, but the Spaniard said: "I think stats are there to be broken. We are the type of football club that keep doing that, season after season."

He added: "We know exactly what we have got to do.

"We have got our own targets and that is what we base our success on. In many ways, the more stats against us the better.

"I don't think we need any more motivation - football itself is a real challenge. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the response at our football club and that will always be the case.

"We have always had that in our DNA. We are a fighting club. We need to defy the odds and the players know that."

Martinez still has time before the closure of the January transfer window to make changes to his squad for the remainder of the season.

He is keen to act but insists he only needs to make minor adjustments, and added: "It is not about finding a super player that can come in and save our season. That is not the way we are or the way we work.

"With any window, we need to take it to our advantage as much as we can. It is not just a window to bring players in just for the sake of it."


From Belfast Telegraph