We must put emotions aside – Martinez

The Latics are fortunate in that they have a five-point cushion

over third-bottom Burnley with four matches to go, with two of

those against fellow strugglers Hull and West Ham. They had a

chance to go a long way to guaranteeing a sixth successive

top-flight season against already-relegated Portsmouth last night

but failed to convert a number of chances in a goalless draw

against the understrength visitors. Nerves were evident among the

14,166 fans – Wigan’s lowest league crowd of the season – and the

boos which rang out at the final whistle told their own story.

Martinez accepted his players had missed a golden opportunity to

put more daylight between them and the relegation zone. “It has

been such a hard season it was one of those fixtures which you look

at and you feel it is three points but football does not work like

that,” said the Spaniard. “It is about not letting all the feelings

affect your performance. “We need to learn we shouldn’t get

affected by the emotions and frustrations and should be able to win

with the quality with have on the pitch. “We shouldn’t allow our

frustrations to affect our performance and make sure we get the

result we deserve. “The confidence is there, but during the game

when nothing goes your way it affects your performance. “There are

no easy games between now and the end of the season but what is

important is we keep our cool and composure.” Midfielder Paul

Scharner’s frustration was evident when he marched straight down

the tunnel after his second-half substitution was cheered by fans.

The Austrian was also seen having a heated exchange with team-mates

as they walked off at half-time but Martinez said he did not have a

problem with the player’s behaviour. “The moment I see a player

coming off being happy is the moment we have got the wrong player,”

he added. “That is normal. He was disappointed with himself and the

team and that is part of the anxiety of trying to win a game at

home. “Paul Scharner is a professional, a winner, and as we all

were he was feeling those frustrations. There are no issues.” Of

Wigan’s other two matches, one is at home to Arsenal on Sunday

before they head to Chelsea on the last day of the season. Martinez

said he had no idea what return from their remaining matches would

guarantee safety. “The way I see it there are six teams for two

relegation positions,” he said. “We’ve got 12 points to compete for

and we will fight for everything. “The point tally to stay in the

Premier League is going to be lower than in other seasons but we

haven’t really found our number because there are too many

combinations. “Every game is going to be difficult but we are ready

for it.”