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The Latics have to take a maximum points return from their remaining two fixtures, and the manager argues that knowing the size of the task could aid their battle against the drop

Roberto Martinez argues that knowing they have to earn six points from their remaining two games could help Wigan avoid relegation.

Fresh off of a memorable FA Cup final win over Manchester City, the Latics face Arsenal on Tuesday night knowing anything but a win will see them drop down to the Championship.

Rather than lose faith in what many perceive as a losing battle, Martinez says that knowing there is no room for any error could actually benefit his players.

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"We needed to know what was needed from us," Martinez told reporters. "I know that people will look at it and say the results didn’t go our way. But I think they did go our way because everything is in our own hands.

"When you are third from bottom you can’t just rely on yourself. You need to rely on other people. You need to get your wins and then expect the others to do you a favour. As it stands, if we win our six points, we are guaranteed to stay up. I don’t see that as results not having gone our way.

"Obviously you wanted to have as many teams involved in it as you can. But that would have left it a little bit open to us. Now it’s very narrow and very simple. We have to get six points. By getting them, we don’t have to rely on anyone else.

"When you prepare the season, our aim is to stay in this division. You don’t achieve your league aim without knowing the importance of the last six points. You look at last season, out of the last six points, we had to get three. Two years ago, we had to get the six. In every season, when you’re trying to achieve something, it goes down to the last day of the season, which we are prepared for."

While he is not scared by the size of the task, Martinez is concerned that his players have not had enough time to recover from Saturday's energy-sapping final at Wembley.

He added: "You win the trophy and you can’t celebrate. It’s a shame because the final is a momentous opportunity to finish the season and look back at that time. We have not been able to do that."

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