Martinez: Philosophy beginning to bear fruit
Roberto Martinez was always confident Wigan could play their way out of the Barclays Premier League relegation dogfight.
The Latics find themselves five points clear of the bottom three following four wins in their last five matches after adding a 2-1 victory at Arsenal last night to memorable triumphs at Anfield and over leaders Manchester United. It is some turnaround in fortunes, with Wigan having plummeted to the foot of the table following a run of eight consecutive defeats from mid-September to early November - which were followed by four on the spin in January. Martinez, though, always defended his philosophy of staying true to their passing game, building the team around the likes of livewire Victor Moses - who caused Arsenal's defence all sorts of problems last night - and it is one which now has started to deliver. "I always believe the only way you can get out of relegation is by playing well," the Wigan boss said. "If you do not get the results, you need to find a way to win, but it is not about short-term ambition, to sneak a win here or there, because that is not going to be enough. "The system suits our players, you have to be a bit different to get an advantage if you are brave enough to get on the ball. We are flexible enough to change it, and we have had to adapt in certain games. However, systems do not win you games, it is the attitude of the players."