This was no accident grins proud Martinez
Published 22:35 16/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insisted it was no "accident" that his side emerged from tonight's Barclays Premier League clash at Arsenal with all three points.
The Latics pulled off a shock 2-1 win to boost their survival hopes at the foot of the standings.
The win comes just days after Wigan defeated Manchester United, and a little over a week after they lost narrowly to Chelsea in controversial circumstances at Stamford Bridge, and Martinez was full of praise for his players at full-time.
"I'm so so satisfied, because that wasn't an accident," Martinez told Sky Sports 1.
"In eight days, to have to play Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal is such a big task, but today in the manner that we coped physically and tactically, everyone at Wigan Athletic should be very proud."
Franco di Santo fired the Latics ahead on the break after seven minutes, before Jordi Gomez doubled their lead inside 90 seconds.
Thomas Vermaelen reduced the deficit with a bullet header after 20 minutes, but the second-half onslaught from the stunned Gunners never came as the Latics moved five points clear of the relegation zone.
"In the second half, to have that mentality of know-how in such a young group, to understand what's needed in different phases, we coped with an outstanding footballing side," Martinez added.
"It was a well-deserved three points, and to say that speaks volumes of the performance of the players."