Martinez demands completion of great escape

Sat, 28 Apr 18:18:28 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has challenged his buoyant players to finish off the job of securing Barclays Premier League survival after moving closer to safety with a stunning 4-0 win over Newcastle at the DW Stadium.

Two early goals from Victor Moses and further strikes from Shaun Maloney and Franco Di Santo sent Wigan out of sight before half-time and ensured Martinez's men claimed another notable scalp on their march towards safety.

Martinez said: "I'm extremely pleased because what we've shown is a real clinical touch that we have lacked in the past. I thought the 4-0 lead was fully deserved at half-time and there is a real satisfaction that we saw it through.

"It was huge win and we have two more huge games against Blackburn and Wolves. This result is fantastic for the fans but if we don't achieve our aim of staying in this league then it is going to mean nothing."

Martinez reserved particular praise for Moses, who tore the Magpies defence apart in the opening stages, heading the opener past Tim Krul in the 12th minute and firing home his second two minutes later after a mistake by Fabricio Coloccini.

Martinez added: "It is a joy to see how Victor is growing at this club. He is the sort of player you'd pay money to watch and that is down to his raw talent and the manner in which he has been working and understanding the game."


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