Wigan 2 Swansea 3: We’ll fight for every point left, vows Martínez
Wigan 2 Swansea 3: Roberto Martínez vows the Latics will continue to fight for every point left after losing to the Swans
Roberto Martínez promised Wigan Athletic will continue to fight for every point left this season after the Latics suffered a crushing loss to Swansea City at the DW Stadium.
Wigan took a vital lead on the stroke of half-time as Roger Espnioza’s volley squeezed past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
Angel Rangel levelled with a spectacular left-footed strike before Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy restored the Latics’s advantage in the 53rd minute.
James McArthur missed an opportunity to add a third and Swansea duo Itay Shechter and Dwight Tiendalli capitalised on awful Latics defending to secure a 3-2 win, leaving 18th-placed Wigan three points from safety.
“It’s a missed opportunity because we were playing at home,” Martínez told Sky Sports.
“We came into it on the back of a very good result. But the injuries that we’ve picked up along the way have been very costly.
“But we’ve got incredible character and we’re determined to fight for every single point that is left.”
In particular, Martínez rued Wigan’s sloppy defending which led to Swansea’s second-half goals, but the Latics boss refused to criticise his side’s commitment on Tuesday night.
“I thought everything was under control in the first half. I thought we were performing really well,” he added.
“Then obviously in the second half, after the goal we gave away, it becomes a very difficult game to play.
“We have so many injuries at the back and that showed. We conceded sloppy goals with bad decisions and that’s very unfortunate because you could see the effort of the players; their commitment and desire to win the game.
“There are key moments in the game that affect the result.”
Wigan face Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley before making the trip to Arsenal next Tuesday.