Wigan’s Roberto Martinez: We can escape Premier League drop again

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists his players are ready for the survival battle ahead as they prepare to visit Carrow Road.

The Premier League's bottom club face the Canaries on Sunday (4pm), looking to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat by Swansea at the DW Stadium.

Martinez says he has seen a positive response in training since the latest home setback.

He said: 'The players were really down on Saturday. You could sense it in the dressing room after the game that a great opportunity had passed us.

'The performance was not good enough, but the players are very responsible, we have a good group here and they're working harder than ever to get themselves on the road to recovery for the Norwich game this weekend, which is how it should be.

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'The players and the fans are ready and as a football club we're ready to get out of this position in whatever way we can.'

Martinez met members of Wigan's supporters' club gathering at a fans' forum on Monday to discuss matters on and off the pitch.

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'A room full of people sharing our passion for the football club is always a positive thing,' he told the club's official website.

'Everything we do here is for the good of Wigan Athletic and it's important the fans know that, from on and off-field decisions to long-term strategies.

'It was a chance for us all to get closer together for the next 11 games because for us to be successful we have to be a unit, just like last season.

'That togetherness makes us a unique club and is why we've achieved so much over the last couple of seasons. The message is clear. We have to be ourselves in these final games and not make it easy for the opposition.

'The DW Stadium has to be a hostile environment for the opposition team and everything we do has to be towards getting results for Wigan Athletic.

'That shared passion is the strength we have and we'll never change that ever; in football it's not how you fall it's how you react to disappointment and we've done that time after time.

'Now is a moment for us to set another example and do it again.'

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