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Wigan pressure no problem for Martinez in first season at top

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists he is not yet feeling the pressure in what has become a difficult first season for him as a Premier League manager.

When he took over from Steve Bruce in the summer, the Spaniard set out a long-term plan which he hopes will eventually result in him leading the Latics into Europe.

But change has come at the cost of consistency and Wigan head into tonight's match against Stoke at the DW Stadium with just one win in nine league games.

However, the former Swansea manager has faith his methods will pay off over a period of time and despite being just two points above the relegation zone, he has no worries about their top-flight longevity.


"The pressure is what we put on ourselves with our performan-ces," he said. "In football it is better to be lucky than to be good but if you want to be successful long-term you need to be good on a daily basis.

"I'll be worried when I don't see the players with the right attitude or performing in the right manner. The points will come as soon as we are a little more confident in front of goal and that is something that is just around the corner.

"We have been playing really well and the results have not reflected performances so that could be an anxious situation, but we are just ready for the game."

Martinez also had a warning for Stoke, who are just outside the top 10 and currently six points better off than his side.

"You are looking at 10 teams (at risk of relegation) so if you are in 11th position thinking you are safe you are making a mistake," he said.