Martinez - Momentum the key

Latics boss eager for troops to string together results

Roberto Martinez: Wants Wigan to string together a run of results in order to stay up

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Roberto Martinez believes Wigan Athletic's inability to build momentum in their battle to avoid the drop is behind their lowly league placing.

The Spanish tactician knows his troops can go toe-to-toe with any side on their day, although he accepts they have been dropping far too many points of late.

Wigan saw two precious points slip through their fingers on Saturday after being held by West Brom on home soil after Paul Scharner cancelled out James McArthur's opener.

In Wigan's last five games alone the club have dropped eight points, points Martinez knows would see the club move well clear of the bottom three in England's top flight.

Momentum

"We haven't been able to create any momentum and that's probably why we've lost so many points. In the last five games we dropped eight points, and eight points would have put us in a comfortable position," commented Martinez.

"I do believe we've got a chance against anyone. Yes, we need to get points because we're catching up but in many ways this is the best we've played in the past three seasons.

"I feel the result is around the corner and once we get over that hurdle then the issues of confidence and having a bit of luck (become less), and probably the best way to do that is to have a top result against one of the top sides. That's how we have to break that barrier."

Finishing

The Latics have scored only 25 goals in 29 games and Martinez knows Wigan need to sharpen up in front of goal if they are retain their Premier League status.

"We have players who are really good finishers but at the moment it's not going in our favour and we have to change it," he continued.

"We need to be even better than we were (yesterday). You have to keep a clean sheet when you are in these situations.

"We've been hurt like this many times this season, and that's why we've got seven draws that I feel should have been seven wins.

"The players are down but I'm extremely proud of the performance."