'I don't think 37 points will be enough' - Martinez warns rivals that relegation battle is still wide open

The Wigan manager believes that any number of teams can still fall through the trap door into the Championship with just four games to go until the end of the season

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says that the battle to avoid relegation is still wide open in the Premier League and has warned Sunderland, Stoke and Newcastle that they are not safe yet.

The Latics are currently in the bottom three, albeit with a game in hand on their relegation rivals, but face a tricky test against fifth place Tottenham on Saturday and Martinez is hoping for a win.

"Sometimes you look at the table and see teams who are not around the 17th place and think, 'They are safe,'" he told The Mirror.

"The reality is that, until the 19th of May [the last day of the season, when the Latics entertain Villa], if you don't get the points you need, you're still involved in a relegation scrap.

"Some teams have got a bigger job than others. We need to get three wins and the others need one win or a draw, but they've still got to get something and you don't get anything guaranteed in this league.

"We all know that a team can go eight, nine, 10 games without a win, and that can easily be the case.

"You get an injury, a bad decision, something going against you. That could easily happen. It's a bit more open than saying it's just us and Aston Villa.

"If 37 points is safety that will only be because we have not reached our points target. We feel very strongly that we will reach our points tally and so I don't think 37 points will be enough

Wigan have the added distraction of their first ever FA Cup final on the horizon after dispatching Millwall in the semi-final two weeks ago and Martinez was unable to his excitement about the forthcoming Wembley clash.

"It's exciting, because of the possibility of being successful this season, we’ve got the opportunity to have the biggest season ever for Wigan Athletic," he added.

“We are going to go to Wembley. We enjoyed the semi-final, but the final? You're talking about an audience of a billion all over the world. If you cannot be excited about that, well... And we're going to face a team like Manchester City.

"In the league, we've got five games left, starting with Tottenham at home on Saturday, to achieve our aim and win our title. If we do, it will be a bigger celebration than if Barcelona get through against Bayern Munich. That's something to be excited about."