Martinez savours survival

Wigan boss gives credit to his players after securing safety

Last Updated: 08/05/12 8:26am

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was delighted with the manner in which his players dealt with the tension on a night to remember as they secured Premier League survival and relegated Blackburn.

Only a win would have saved Steve Kean's home side from relegation at Ewood Park but Antolin Alcaraz's 87th minute header handed Wigan the points in a nervy game.

Martinez praised the performance of his side during the last 13 games of the season which culminated in Monday night's crucial win.

"It doesn't seem real yet," Martinez told Sky Sports 1HD.

Brave and arrogant

"It's a great feeling, because you could feel the tension and it was a cagey affair.

"To do that and to keep a clean sheet - to have that and what it means is incredible. Eight years in the Premier League.

"It's been a great run but football is about the players. It's very easy to say the right things but what matters is when you cross the white line to be brave and arrogant.

"All I do is allow them to enjoy their football and the credit goes to the players.

"You get really high pressure. We've been in the bottom three for a long time. They made the football club proud and the chairman proud."

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