Sunday 23 November 2014

Martinez wants top-10 finish

Published 15/11/2012 | 15:38

Roberto Martinez insists Wigan are good enough for the top 10

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes a top-10 Barclays Premier League finish is a realistic target for the team this season - if they can ensure they get the positive results he feels their efforts are meriting.

The Latics are currently 14th in the table on 11 points after 11 games, three points away from 10th and earlier this week, chairman Dave Whelan spoke confidently about the prospect of Wigan finishing in the top half this term, something Martinez can see happening.

"Sometimes it is not good just to play well - we need to play well and get the positive results," said Martinez. "The moment we do that, we are capable of finishing in the top half of the table, but at the moment, I think we need to work extremely hard on certain aspects to be able to look at that."

He added: "It has been a good start to the season in terms of the way we are playing.

"I think we have been able to carry on with the level we showed last season (which Wigan finished with seven wins from nine games).

"But I don't think we are there yet in terms of getting the results our performances deserve, and that is something we need to work on."

Whelan had been talking about Wigan's aims earlier this week at the North West Football Awards, where he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

The 75-year-old took control of the Latics - now in their eighth successive Premier League season - in 1995 when they were a fourth-tier outfit, and Martinez has no doubt that Whelan's award is well-deserved.

"I think what he has done is an incredible football journey," Martinez said. "All his life he has been involved in football, but he has always made a difference wherever he has been involved.

"It was a well-deserved award and moment, and I know there are still many good chapters to come from him. I don't think there is anyone in the north-west who deserves it as much as he does and we were all very proud of him."

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