Martinez relishing big games

The Spaniard is even targeting points as his struggling side begin

a run of games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in

the space of nine days. Chelsea are the first of those opponents at

the DW Stadium tonight and the Latics face a tough task knowing

they could be back at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League

come kick-off. Martinez said: “In many ways this is the league we

want to be in. “It is very difficult because every game presents

problems but playing Chelsea, Liverpool and then Manchester United

is what this league is all about. We are excited. “We know it is a

really difficult football challenge but in many ways probably we

need to approach these games with a real desire to get points. “We

dropped too many in the first third of the competition and we need

them. “We are looking at the Chelsea game as a really exciting

fixture, a real big football event at the DW Stadium, but we are

also realistic enough to know we must give everything we have got.”

As well as that confident mindset, Wigan also have a relatively

good run of results behind them having collected seven points in

their last four games. Amid that run, however, came a 4-0 loss at

Arsenal and memories of their recent eight-match losing run are

still fresh. Martinez concedes his team can afford few mistakes. He

said: “What is clear is you have to be perfect. “You must get the

happy medium between stopping the opposition being themselves and

being a real threat going forward. “That is the key to getting a

positive result against the top teams. “There is good competition

for places here and we are ready to try to get the points we

dropped earlier in the season. “It is important in any team you

develop a good momentum and confidence comes from results. “We had

to go through one of the hardest experiences you can go through in

a football team, getting through the chain of eight defeats we had

on the trot, but the response has been phenomenal.” Defender

Antolin Alcaraz is doubtful for Wigan after suffering a rib injury

in last week’s win at West Brom.