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The Spanish boss says he will take responsibility for players losing the ball in an attempt to play a passing game and remains upbeat regarding their chances of survival

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has defended his team's style of play and says he will take responsibility for his players' mistakes after their 2-2 draw against Tottenham at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Wigan, who sit two points from saftey in 18th place, conceded first against Spurs when goalkeeper Joel Robles' clearance was blocked into the net by Gareth Bale and Emmerson Boyce later scored an own goal.

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But the Spaniard insisted that he would take the blame if his players' attempts to play out from the back went wrong and singled out Joel for special praise for his response later in the game.

"I will always take responsibility for players giving the ball away," Martinez told reporters. "The way we play is the way we want to, and it is something that is going to give us a lot of goals at the other end.

"So I will take responsibility for that. But what I liked to see was the reaction. Football is a game of errors and we had one, but then at the end [Joel] was magnificent."

After being asked if the draw felt like a defeat following Boyce's late own goal, Martinez - whose Wigan side could be five points adrift of 17th-place Aston Villa by their next game - replied: "No, it doesn't.

"We are experienced enough to know that we have 12 points to fight for. We never make it easy for ourselves.

"But if you perform in the manner we did [against Tottenham], you know that you are going to be competitive in every game you go into."

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