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Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy (left) and James McArthur (right) look dejected after Swansea City score their third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the DW Stadium, Wigan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 7, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wigan. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy (left) and James McArthur (right) look dejected after Swansea City score their third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the DW Stadium, Wigan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 7, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wigan. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy (left) and James McArthur (right) look dejected after Swansea City score their third goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the DW Stadium, Wigan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 7, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wigan. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

WIGAN manager Roberto Martinez insists his players will not throw in the towel despite last night's catastrophic 3-2 home defeat by Swansea.

Knowing victory would take them out of the relegation zone with two matches of the campaign remaining, Wigan twice led, only to collapse against the League Cup winners thanks to two truly awful goals which would have been an embarrassment at any level of the game.

It means Wigan approach Saturday's FA Cup final knowing they will, in all likelihood, have to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium three days later, and then Aston Villa in their final match to salvage their top-flight status.

On last night's evidence, the task is beyond them. But Martinez is refusing to give up the fight. "We never give up and we never throw the towel in," he said. "This football club will never do that. We had an incredible opportunity against a team that is in mid-table who have not won for a while.

"You have to accept we shot ourselves in the foot. The second goal is a bad decision. From that point on nothing went in our favour."

Wigan lost Ronnie Stam within a minute of his arrival with a suspected broken leg, leaving the hosts to finish the game with 10 men and giving Martinez an unenviable task to lift spirits ahead of what should be the biggest day in the club's history.

"We are frustrated and low but we need to get some momentum from the FA Cup final," said Martinez.

With Stam joining Jean Beausejour, Maynor Figueroa, Antolin Alcaraz and Ivan Ramis on the sidelines, Wigan's defensive options have been ripped apart. Yet it still could have been so different. For, whilst skipper Gary Caldwell blundered for Itay Shechter's equaliser and a defensive mix-up proved fatal as Dwight Tiendalli grabbed the winner, Wigan would have been out of sight if McArthur had turned home Arouna Kone's cross when unmarked and barely five yards out to put Wigan two goals clear.

Irish midfielder James McCarthy had regained Wigan the lead in the 53rd minute. Roger Espinoza scored the Lactics' first goal at the end of the first half before Angel Rangel equalised shortly after the break. As it is, Latics could be six points adrift by the time they next play in the league.


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