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Platt expects usual Wigan style

Manchester City assistant boss David Platt does not believe there will be a change of philosophy from Wigan even though the Latics have been dumped back to the foot of the Barclays Premier League.

After claiming an encouraging 10 points from an eight-game run that included fixtures against Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, a woeful home defeat by Sunderland brought an air of gloom to Wigan once more.

But Platt knows Martinez too well to believe the Spaniard will be panicked into changing his free-flowing style ahead of City's visit to the DW Stadium on Monday, and said: "Wigan play football and they won't go away from that."

He added: "They had a very bad run that has seen them involved in a relegation battle but Roberto Martinez has his own style and he will stick to his philosophies."

That Wigan offer opponents the space to play should play right into City's hands, however, it cannot be ignored that alongside heavy defeats to Arsenal and United came draws against Chelsea and Liverpool.

And in the case of Chelsea, Martinez's team were decidedly unlucky just to come away with a point.

"Wigan have picked up just recently in terms of the points they have taken," added Platt. "They will be full of energy and will try and take the game to us. We know it will be difficult."

Victory will take City three points clear of Manchester United and five ahead of Tottenham and his own experience of title-winning campaigns will ensure he does not lose focus on the overall goal.

"It's an obvious thing to say, but to win it, you need to get more points than the others," he said.

"In our position that means not getting less than two points fewer than the others. That will be achieved by winning football matches. Everything else is irrelevant."

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