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Martinez defiant despite defeat

8 May 2013 02:48

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez still believes his team can escape relegation despite losing 3-2 at home to Swansea City on Tuesday.

The hosts led twice in the match at the DW Stadium, only for second-half goals from Itay Shechter and Dwight Tiendalli to secure victory for Swansea.

The result leaves Wigan 18th on the English Premier League table, three points from safety with two matches of the league season remaining.

"It is a difficult moment," Martinez said.

"We were so excited about the game and aware we had a unique opportunity in front of us against a team that hadn't won for a while.

"The many injuries we have at the back showed tonight; we played sloppy balls and made bad decisions. You can see the effort of the players but sometimes we made it difficult for us to be ourselves."

Martinez's team tackle Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium next Saturday and the Spaniard hopes the occasion will serve to lift his players before crucial matches away to Arsenal and at home to Aston Villa.

"Wembley will pick the players up," he said.

"Everyone is down but the occasion will get us ready. It will prepare us mentally and emotionally and we still have a fantastic opportunity to get six points."

"We missed an opportunity tonight but we have got incredible character and are determined to fight for every point. There are six points to fight for – we have to learn from this. We got a very good victory at Arsenal last season and we have to do exactly the same again. Six points would give us a real chance."

Adding to Wigan's woes is a potential broken leg suffered by defender Ronnie Stam shortly after his introduction as a late substitute.

"We will check Ronnie tomorrow, but it seems it is a broken leg," Martinez said.

"He couldn't put any weight on it, so he will need a scan tomorrow to find out exactly what it is."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup hailed his side's fighting spirit after they fought back to win the game.

"The reaction and the intensity my players showed in the second half was really great," Laudrup told Sky Sports.

"I think coming back twice in an away game to Wigan like this, I can be very, very pleased."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
7 May 2013
Game week
33
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
The DW Stadium (Wigan)
Attendance
18550

Goals

R. Espinoza 45'+1  
1 - 0
1 - 1
50' Àngel Rangel
 (assist by W. Routledge)
J. McCarthy 53'
(assist by G. Caldwell) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
59' E. Shechter
 (assist by Pablo Hernández)
2 - 3

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
14 90+2'
23
11
25
26
6
# Player Bookings
12
26
25
2
3
19
41

Friday 22 August

Thursday 21 August

23:44
23:38
23:04
22:36
22:27
22:19
21:48
21:40
21:34
20:55
20:27
20:17
20:11
20:10
20:04
19:39
18:49
18:23
18:11
18:08
17:53
17:38
17:35
17:21
17:08
16:57
16:57
16:46
16:41
16:26
16:19
16:09
16:09
15:59
15:48
15:42
15:22
14:38
14:26
14:04
13:34
13:27
13:05
12:57
12:55
12:54
12:20
11:25
10:58
10:48
10:11
10:04
09:45
09:41
08:34
08:18
07:12
07:06
06:33
06:00
05:59
05:58
05:52
05:38
04:33
04:32
04:03
03:38
03:10
00:59

Wednesday 20 August

23:26
23:26
23:11
22:57
22:50
21:20
21:10
20:36
20:27
20:18
20:14
20:03
19:28
19:17
18:55
18:53
18:49
18:07
17:55
17:37
17:34
17:30
17:23
17:23
16:58
16:43
16:38
16:22
16:14
16:06
16:00
15:00
14:51
14:21
14:17
14:03
13:20
13:10
12:45
12:17
11:59
11:52
11:31
11:15
10:58
10:46
10:33
10:10
09:37
09:03
08:35
08:10
06:43
06:30
06:09
05:23
04:45
03:17
02:51
02:29
01:49
01:04
00:16

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +1 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +0 1
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 +0 1
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -1 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -2 0

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