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
But Martinez’s side are three points from safety in 18th place
in the Premier League, albeit with two games in hand on their
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
“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