With four games remaining in the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League campaign, the form side at the wrong end of the table are Wigan Athletic. The men from the DW have now won four of their last five games, climbing to a position five points clear of the relegation zone.
The last week must surely have been one of the best of manager Roberto Martinez’s life. He not only saw his side take their first ever points from Manchester United, but then saw them record their first ever victory at Arsenal, a matter of days later.
The Wigan manager was full of praise for his side, following their win at the Emirates: “in the manner that we coped, physically and tactically, everyone at Wigan Athletic should be very proud.”
Martinez says that his side have now gone into a “different dimension”, with the ability to “get points and wins against top sides.”
After watching the performances of the last week, it is difficult to argue with the Spaniard. Wigan kept the ball with the ease and assurance of a top four side and, on Monday night, created the kind of sumptuous passing moves that the Frenchman in the opposite dugout would have been proud of.
Nobody at Wigan is getting carried away with their recent successes, however; Martinez is keen to stress that “we can't really enjoy it, because moments like this will mean nothing if we don't get enough points to stay up.”
With less glamorous fixtures against some of their fellow strugglers to come, Martinez is probably right to keep his feet on the floor for now. Wigan meet Fulham at Craven Cottage, on Saturday, and, with the Cottagers having little to play for, who would bet against another win for the Latics in London? Take the risk, and bet online with Youwin.com.