Martinez eyes 'cup final' wins

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

The north-west side are currently one point from safety although the gap may have been extended to three points given Wigan do not play until Sunday afternoon. Martinez's team have produced two highly-creditable draws in their last two games against Everton and Aston Villa, although they squandered the lead on both occasions. Following the clash with the Hammers, Wigan travel to Stoke in their final game next week and the former Swansea boss knows it is imperative his team claim two victories. Martinez said: "For us we are probably more focused than ever because we can forget about the league if you want and look at it as two cup finals. "We have to get six points and that's where everything gets really simple. "It's a time to look inside ourselves and really enjoy the opportunity we have and make sure we give our life for Wigan Athletic." Wigan conceded 10 goals in their first two games of the season - against Blackpool and Chelsea - to get off to the worst possible start and have found themselves in or around the relegation zone ever since. Martinez admits the team have been at a disadvantage throughout the entire 2010/11 campaign. He added: "From the outside these are two massive games but we've been in this situation unfortunately for the whole season. "We've all felt that in every game we've gone in to we've had a real need to perform and win points because of the position we were in in the table. "We've been having to catch up all campaign so it's nothing different for us." However, he has confidence in his own players, saying: "More than anything we are in the best place we have been all season from a physical point of view and in the last third of the campaign we've played our best football and maybe didn't get the points we deserved for whatever reason. "Sometimes in this position in the table there is an anxiety which effects certain decisions but overall we are confident. We are well aware of what we are playing for but we' re really excited about the next two games because it's a chance to get the rewards for all the hard work the players have put in throughout the season." West Ham appear doomed, currently four points adrift with two games to go, the last of which is against Sunderland at Upton Park. However, Martinez has urged his side to be fully aware of the attacking threat the Hammers pose. "It's very powerful with some real talent and I think it's going to make for a very open game because both teams have to win and both teams need to have that approach from the start so in that respect it's going to be a fascinating football game going back to the old days."


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