Survival delights ecstatic Wigan boss

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Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is delighted to have beaten the odds and survive relegation after a dramatic final day in the Barclays Premier League.

The Latics' victory over Stoke City, coupled with Blackpool's defeat at Manchester United and Birmingham's late loss at Tottenham Hotspur, meant Martinez's men survived by the skin of their teeth.

And the Spanish boss says his side deserved to stay up. "We haven't chosen the easy route but it's a great feeling because we've been written off many times and we knew the talent we


"We were 2-0 down against West Ham and we needed a reaction and people with real responsibility.

"At the end of the season I feel we deserved to stay in the Premier League. We played some fantastic football and the players got their reward for that.

"Sometimes you have to work on your concepts and ideas and it doesn't happen overnight.

"I have got a group of players who are receptive and prepared to work hard. After five months of hard work the team clicked and we were ready to compete."

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