Martinez: League is priority

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says any celebrations at having

reached the FA Cup final have been put on hold in order for his

players to focus on their battle against relegation.

The Latics secured a Cup final showdown with Manchester City on

11 May courtesy of a 2-0 semi-final win over Millwall at Wembley on

Saturday.

But Martinez’s side are three points from safety in 18th place

in the Premier League, albeit with two games in hand on their

relegation rivals.

With a league game at their Cup final opponents City on

Wednesday, the Spaniard is determined not to allow his players to

become distracted from the task at hand.

“We’ve got such an important game on Wednesday that there was no

time to celebrate (the semi-final win),” said Martinez. “When the

time comes to pick the competition up again – when the FA Cup final

is in front of us – then we’ll be able to get into that mood again

but I thought that we switched straight back into normality on

Sunday.

“We had a good day’s work and now we’re just focusing on what

we’ve got in front of us which is of major, major importance – and

that’s the way we want it.

“When you’re at this stage of the season and you’re still

involved in two competitions and every game has an incredible

meaning, it gives you that sense of focus and that’s what I’ve seen

at the training ground.”

Martinez believes his players have the mental strength to cope

with the pressures of the relegation battle, citing Saturday’s

display as evidence.

“The players have been able to enjoy their football – the way we

played in the semi-final was ‘ourselves’ – which impressed me a lot

because we’ve never been to Wembley in this competition so it was a

real test to see if we could be ‘ourselves’,” he added.

“I thought the players looked very relaxed, very mature and

played in the manner that they normally play every game and I think

that speaks volumes about the mentality of this group of

players.”