Martinez: Wigan will return to Premier League

The 39-year-old brands relegation a "tough lesson" but believes that their FA Cup win and the experience of the eight top-flight seasons as a whole will help the Latics return
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes that the club must quickly set their sights on returning to the Premier League.

The Latics became the first club in history to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season within the space of four days, with the Spaniard declaring it a "real contrast" - though, overall, he feels that the highs outweigh the lows and that his side will quickly return to the top-flight.

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"It's been a tough lesson of what football is all about - real highs and real lows," Martinez told reporters. "In our case it was a real contrast - as high as you can get and as low as you can get.

"Tuesday night was really difficult, Wednesday was a difficult day but after that you need to [move on].

"The support of the fans has helped. They have let everyone know at the football club that the FA Cup win is a historic win and we'll never lose that, our name will never disappear from that famous trophy.

"The position in the league is something we can correct and that's something we have to do as a football club.

"It's a time to look back over the last eight seasons," he added philosophically. "To have over 300 consecutive games in the Premier League is an incredible achievement.

"In the last four years we've beaten all the top-five teams, we've played everyone eye-to-eye. I think we've created a phenomenal history for our football club, which means that once the club will come back at this level, it allows you to have that direction and try to look for a top-10 finish."