After Arouna Kone scored in the final minute of Wigan's game against Newcastle last weekend, to give the Latics a much needed three points, it looks like a case of deja vu for the fans at the DW stadium.

Wigan appear to be hitting form at just the right time (yet again) as they hope to avoid the drop, despite flirting with danger for most of the season. 

After a fantastic win against a tiring Everton side in the FA Cup, Roberto Martinez's side took the momentum into their game against Newcastle and showed immense character to come through a tough match with a vital three points, which leaves them just three points off Aston Villa with a game in hand. 

Although the game was marred by controversy following an horrific tackle by Callum McManaman on Massadio Haidara, and the fact that Figueroa appeared to handle the ball which led to the winner, Wigan again showed that they will not go down without a fight.

They have continued to repeatedly deny the odds to remain in the top flight in recent years and it would be crazy to write off a side that beat both Arsenal and Manchester United in the closing weeks to stay up at the end of last season.

With some huge games coming up against relegation rivals Norwich, and most notably QPR it looks as though the understated Martinez may just be able to work his late season magic once again as he looks to keep his team in the division, and perhaps looking to secure himself a job at one of the bigger clubs in the summer. 

After years of battling financial restrictions he continues to turn out a side capable of playing at the top level and who boast some very impressive scalps amongst the top sides, and after being linked with the Liverpool job last year it seems few would begrudge the Spaniard the opportunity to test his talents in a club with a touch more ambition.

All that surely depends on whether he can defy the odds and save Wigan for another year. Only nine games remain for him to mastermind yet another great escape.  

 

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