Martinez expects fortunes to change

Thu, 22 Mar 13:51:30 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has had mixed feelings about his team's past two results but is very much upbeat about their performance level, which he is confident will soon start yielding victories if it is maintained.

The Latics have lost only one of their past six games in the Barclays Premier League but have also taken maximum points just once in that sequence and are currently 19th, separated from the bottom of the table by goal difference alone with nine fixtures left to play.

They go into Saturday's match at Liverpool three points from safety and appear in urgent need of developing a knack for securing wins rather than draws if they are to avoid relegation.

Their past two contests - an away clash with Norwich and last weekend's home match against West Brom - have been typical examples of Martinez's side's recent habit of dominating play yet failing to fully capitalise, with both games finishing 1-1.

"I have mixed feelings," Martinez said of the past two matches. "We have been very good, if not perfect, in many areas of our performances but if you don't get the three points - because football is about winning games - you cannot have that satisfaction, or feel the real football happiness that you should have after a very good performance.

"We need to be a little bit more relaxed in front of goal and get rid of that anxiety of wanting to win so much, which sometimes doesn't allow you to make the right decision in front of goal. But that has been the only little thing missing - our performance level has been good enough to get full points in each of the last six matches apart from one (a home defeat to Swansea)."


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