Premier League survival is more important than the FA Cup, says Wigan midfielder Gomez

The 27-year-old insists the Latics' main focus remains retaining their Premier League status, but is optimistic about his side's chances of reaching the FA Cup final
Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez is looking forward to the Latics’ FA Cup semi-final against Millwall on Saturday, but insists the club’s number one priority is avoiding relegation.

Roberto Martinez’s side currently sit in 18th place in the league table, in the drop zone on goal difference, but have a game in hand on the rest of their relegation-battling rivals.

Though Gomez and his team-mates are keen to progress to the FA Cup final, which boasts the prize of European qualification, Wigan’s primary focus remains beating the drop.

“We're in the semi-final and it's always nice to be in those situations but we have the league as well, and that's our priority at the moment,” the Spaniard told The Guardian.

“If we go to the final [we will] play in Europe next season, that would be a plus.

“It would be better if we stayed up, got to the final and then on top of that we went into Europe next season - that would be perfect.”

Despite Wigan’s perilous position, Gomez believes the club should continue to play the stylish football they are known for, and backed the Latics’ team spirit to guide them to safety and an FA Cup final.

“We have seven points from nine so we are in a good moment of form now,” Gomez added. “We should focus on our style, it doesn't matter who we're playing against.

“There is a great team spirit, normally you get one or two players that are a little bit crazy but in this team there is no one like this, everyone is helping each other.

“It's not about one player, it's about the team. Everyone deserves to be in the semi-final and everyone is excited about it - the fans, the players.”