Martinez: Wigan cannot lose again this season

Following his side's last-gasp defeat to Fulham, the Spaniard expressed his belief that the Latics must avoid that fate again in order to stave off relegation this season
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes his side cannot afford to lose again in the Premier League this season if they are to avoid relegation.

The Latics suffered an 89th-minute defeat to Fulham on Saturday after holding the lead thanks to an Emerson Boyce strike for just sixty seconds.

Following the game, the former Swansea boss insisted his side must now take heart from recent displays against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

"In the situation we're in, we can't look back too much," he told reporters.

"We need to recover, clearly we need to rejuvenate the boys and get ready for Saturday. We have nine massive points to fight for and we need to make sure we get ready for that.

"We haven't got enough points to achieve our aim, I don't think we can afford to lose elsewhere. The [other] teams are going to fight with their lives to get as many points as they can and we're going to do the same.

"We wanted to get more than 34, the reality is that this is not going to be enough at the present time so we are concentrating on getting as many as we can from the remaining nine games.

"We showed that we can beat anyone and we showed that we can compete at a very good level. We need to make sure we replicate that in the next three games. I believe if we do that we'll get enough points to achieve our aim."

Martinez also went on to insist that his side deserved a point and blamed a busy schedule for a lack of concentration towards the end.

"[I'm] disappointed with the result and the manner that the game ended," he added. "We knew it was going to be a difficult afternoon, firstly because Fulham are enjoying a very good season.

"They have a lot more time time to prepare. We had eight very challenging games in eight days, today was probably a game too many. We lost Franco Di Santo with an injury because of too much football in a short period of time.

"Overall I thought the result was a draw, none of the sides deserved to win and none of the sides deserved to lose.

The 38-year-old also had his say on a moment of controversy in which Fulham believed a Pavel Pogrenyak strike had crossed the line despite a goal not being given.

He said: "I was told there was a query about it but I didn't see any reaction, I thought it hit the cross bar and just bounced off the line. It was a close call - I haven't seen a replay yet."