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.”