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Martinez hails players' performance

April 12, 2012 10:25:54 UK

The players of Wigan Athletic have been told their arrogance could yet be the key to them beating the drop.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez admits he will have a difficult time trying to bring his squad back down to earth after Wednesday evening's massive 1-0 victory over leaders Manchester United.

In the last few weeks we have been performing at this kind of level without getting the results.

Roberto Martinez

It is the type of result which will give the Lancashire outfit even more belief that they can somehow perform their usual act of relegation defiance in the closing stages. They are 26.00 to go down, while QPR are 3.25 and Bolton are at 1.36

But it would be an injustice not to point out that prior to the defeat of the Red Devils, Wigan had already hit their stride, having defeated Liverpool at Anfield and only suffered a late reverse at Chelsea, due to some poor officiating.

Wigan are now out of the bottom three and Martinez can sense his team are gathering not just momentum, but a real sense of conviction in their general all-round play.

Martinez insists: "I think the most important thing about the United result was the manner of the victory. I loved the arrogance the players showed. They kept possession, were patient with the ball and played United eye-to-eye.

"In the last few weeks we have been performing at this kind of level without getting the results, so it was no accident we got three points with that kind of performance."

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