Dogfight excites Latics chief

The Latics tumbled back into the relegation zone over the weekend,
with a 4-2 defeat at Sunderland doing little for their top flight
ambitions. They are, however, only inside the bottom three on goal
difference and still have four fixtures in which to haul themselves
to safety. Martinez believes they may need as many as seven points
from those games to secure safety, with the battle at the bottom
set to go down to the wire. Lesser men would buckle when faced with
such a stiff test, but Martinez insists he is positively thriving
under the pressure. “This is not a time to change anything,” said
the Spaniard. “With the talented players we have, it is an absolute
must we stay in this league. “We are catching up a bit after a slow
start and now have a mini-league of four games to play and we are
all really excited about it. “We need to move on and will be ready
for Everton [on Saturday]. In the last four games we need to get at
least seven points. “I would be surprised if any team can stay up
with less than 40 points but I will also be surprised if a team
doesn’t stay up with 41.”