Football - Martinez defends ticket sales

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has defended the club's failure to sell their entire allocation for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

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The Latics have sold around 22,000 tickets for the Wembley meeting with Millwall, prompting the FA to make the spare 10,000 available to "neutral" supporters.

Yet rather than the sarcastic jibes that have been aimed towards the Premier League outfit, Martinez prefers to focus on the incredible strides made since the club were in the bottom tier of English football following his arrival as a player in 1995.

"It's not about the numbers," he said. "The numbers need to have a meaning.

"Back in 1995, when I arrived at the football club, we had gates of 2000 people.

"Now we are in the best league in the world, and we are in the semi-final of the best cup competition - for us to take whatever figure it is represents an incredible percentage of the town.

"It's an incredible turnaround of the fans we had 15 years ago, so for us it is a success."

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