Saturday, 14 April 2012

Bottom Three Exit Does Not Exit Martinez


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Roberto Martinez is refusing to get excited at seeing Wigan move out of the bottom three for the first time in nearly SEVEN months.

The Latics were last above the safety line back on September 26 but jumped to 17th spot on the back of beating Manchester United on Wednesday.

And while Wigan fans gear up for Monday's trip to Arsenal cock-a-hoop to be out of the relegation zone, Martinez is playing it down.

He said: ``Realising we are out of the bottom three doesn't change anything.

``From the outside the pressure may look like it is on the teams in the bottom three but for us it is about having enough points to reach our aim and clearly we haven't got enough points.

``The table for me has not been realistic since February. We have been playing really well and are only now catching up with the what we didn't get earlier this season.

``For me the position in the table is as dangerous as it was two weeks ago.''

Martinez is convinced Wigan's future will not be resolved until the final two games of the season when they face Blackburn and then Wolves on the final day.

He said: ``You feel that those games against Blackburn and Wolves, that opens up the whole bottom five.

``I am sure Blackburn will be thinking they are playing at home against Wigan and that is a possibility of three points.

``Whilst Wolves will be thinking they can get some wins and then go into the last game of the season believing they can stay up.

``They are real six pointers at that moment of the season and it breaks the relegation scrap open.

``I always have the belief we can points against anyone but when you play a team at the bottom of the table it becomes extra significant.

``We will not be safe until it is mathematically impossible to go down. Those last two games could be great in our favour but also really dangerous.''

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