Wigan will get no favours against West Brom, warns Clarke

The Baggies boss said on Wednesday that he hopes Aston Villa avoid relegation from the Premier League, now he has insisted his squad will be gunning for victory on Saturday
West Brom manager Steve Clarke has warned relegation-threatened Wigan to expect no favours at the Hawthorns on Saturday in their quest to avoid the drop.

Roberto Martinez's find themselves five points from safety after Aston Villa's thumping 6-1 win over Sunderland on Monday, but the Baggies boss has dismissed suggestions his side will go easy on the Latics as they have nothing to play for.

Clarke admitted on Wednesday that he hopes Villa remain in the Premier League as the Midlands rivalry would benefit his squad, and he reiterated this point to the press on Thursday.

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"I don't think they'll get an easy game here," Clarke said. "Not too many teams come to the Hawthorns and get an easy game, and I don't think that will be the case this weekend.

"Maybe Southampton thought last week that it was a mid-table clash with nothing on it. We certainly went down there and showed them it mattered to us and that we wanted the points.

"It's no different this time. We have our own ambitions and our own targets. We like to finish the season well and play well in front of our own fans. The game against us, I can assure you, will be difficult, because we've been good at home."

It has been suggested that Wigan's FA Cup final berth will distract the squad from their fight against relegation, but Clarke feels the Latics' experience at the bottom could give them the edge as they battle for survival.

Clarke added: "The cup final will take care of itself. They've got league matches they have to look at. Wigan are a team who are, and maybe this is not the right word, quite comfortable down there fighting.

"Over the years they've always been in the lower reaches and they know what they have to do to get out of it. They've got a manager in Roberto Martinez who doesn't panic and he knows there are points still to be had."