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Scotland all set for Cup as Martinez keeps faith

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists he has not lost faith in Jason Scotland despite signing two new forwards on deadline day.

Having been prolific over the past two seasons in League One and the Championship, Scotland has failed to score in 20 Premier League games this term since following Martinez to Wigan from Swansea in July.

The Trinidad and Tobago international squandered some of the Latics' best opportunities in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Everton and now faces a fight to retain his place in the team after the arrival of Victor Moses and Marcelo Moreno at the DW Stadium yesterday.

But with neither Moses nor Moreno eligible to make their debuts in tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Notts County, Scotland -- who finally broke his Wigan duck in the original tie at Meadow Lane -- is likely to get another chance to prove his worth and Martinez is convinced the 30-year-old can still be a success at the club.

"I'm not going to judge a player by the chances he misses -- I'm going to judge a player by the chances he creates and the overall contribution to the team," Martinez said.

With the Everton defeat leaving them just two points above the relegation zone, survival is Wigan's priority for the remainder of the campaign, although Martinez denied tonight's replay was an unwanted distraction.

The Latics followed up their third round victory over Hull with a league win at Wolves and the manager believes that every match is vital in generating confidence and momentum.

"It is important now that we look to every game to carry on building, to make sure we get something positive out of it and that could kick-start us for the end of the season," he said.


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