Martinez proud of young Latics

BY foxsports • May 22, 2011

Hugo Rodallega headed the winner with 12 minutes remaining as Wigan - who began Survival Sunday second-from-bottom in the table - won and Blackpool and Birmingham both lost to go down. The Latics had to withstand heavy pressure from the Potters in the first period before earning the victory - the second on the bounce for Martinez's side following two draws. The Wigan boss told Sky Sports News that he had kept his faith in his squad and his players had got their just reward. He said: "The last three months we have been playing really, really well and I'm just so proud of this group of players. "We are very, very young but today we showed once more real bravery - we had to defend really well in the first half against the wind with Stoke, we know why they've been so successful at home. "I'm extremely, extremely proud. I think it is the least that the players deserve. I'm sure that they should get some credit now because until now it was little Wigan trying to make noises. "I think it has been the hardest Premier League season to stay up - it is an amazing, amazing achievement." Amid the joy at staying up, Martinez could also spare a thought for Blackpool and Birmingham after the tightest relegation battle in years. "I think it is today, for the teams that are going down, it is to feel about them because nobody deserved to go down this season and our thoughts go with them because we know exactly how we felt going into the game."

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