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Wigan won't give up, insists manager Roberto Martinez despite defeat to Swansea

Updated: Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:17 | Comments

Ireland international James McCarthy scored but couldn't prevent Wigan slipping to a 3-2 loss
Ireland international James McCarthy scored but couldn't prevent Wigan slipping to a 3-2 loss

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insists his players will not throw in the towel despite last night's catastrophic 3-2 home defeat by Swansea.

Knowing victory would take them out of the relegation zone with two matches of the campaign remaining, Wigan twice led, only to collapse against the Capital One Cup winners thanks to two truly awful goals which would have been an embarrassment at any level of the game.

It means Wigan approach Saturday's FA Cup final knowing they will, in all likelihood, have to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium three days later, and then Aston Villa in their final match to salvage their top-flight status.

On last night's evidence, the task is beyond them.

But Martinez is refusing to give up the fight.

"We never give up and we never throw the towel in," said Martinez. "This football club will never do that.

"We had an incredible opportunity against a team that is in mid-table who have not won for a while.

"You have to accept we shot ourselves in the foot.

"The second goal is a bad decision. From that point on the players couldn't be themselves and nothing went in our favour."

"You have to accept we shot ourselves in the foot" - Roberto Martinez

Wigan lost Ronnie Stam within a minute of his arrival with a suspected broken leg, leaving the hosts to finish the game with ten men and giving Martinez an unenviable task to lift spirits ahead of what should be the biggest day in the club's history.

"We are frustrated and low but we need to get some momentum from the FA Cup final," said Martinez.

"Arsenal away is a difficult fixture but last year we got a very important victory and we will have to do exactly the same again."

With Stam joining Jean Beausejour, Maynor Figueroa, Antolin Alcaraz and Ivan Ramis on the sidelines, Wigan's defensive options have been ripped apart.

Yet it still could have been so different.

For, whilst skipper Gary Caldwell blundered for Itay Shechter's equaliser and hesitation between James McArthur and Shaun Maloney proved fatal as Dwight Tiendalli grabbed the winner, Wigan would have been out of sight if McArthur had turned home Arouna Kone's cross when unmarked and barely five yards out to put Wigan two goals clear.

As it is, Latics could be six points adrift by the time they next play, although Swansea coach Michael Laudrup believes they must win at Arsenal anyway.

"They will need to win," said Laudrup.

"If they draw they will only have 39 points [available] and three teams above them have 38 already.

"If they win their last two games I think they will stay up. But they have to do it."

Meanwhile, Laudrup confirmed keeper Michel Vorm would fly back to south Wales despite being stretchered off after a nasty clash of heads with Ben Davies.

"Michel seems okay," said Laudrup.

"He was a little dizzy and was out for a small time but we will check him again tomorrow."

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