Roberto Martinez is "excited" to travel to Manchester City tonight and hopes to take a result from the Etihad. 

The Latics have had a fixture pile-up of late as this is their second of three games in the space of a week. 

Having recently played in the FA Cup semi-final last Saturday, Martinez won't be changing his starting line-up in-despite their busy schedule.

Martinez told reporters: “We’re still monitoring how the players have recovered from Saturday’s game but what is refreshing is that we have a strong number of players who are ready to come into the team and perform.

“So making changes doesn’t concern me because of how desperate the players are to play and the demands of the coming weeks, with so many games to play in a short space of time, which means that everyone is going to be given an opportunity.

“Right now it’s not about how many minutes players are going to get on the pitch, it’s about the quality they bring to the team and the attitude they bring to these hugely significant games.

“So everyone is needed for the coming weeks but it’s also important that players in good moments of form are given the chance to continue enjoying their football, being part of a team on the pitch that shows the togetherness and understanding of what is needed to obtain results.”

On the task of Manchester City tonight, who Wigan also will play in the FA Cup final, Martinez has admitted that the Etihad is a difficult place to to.

He continued by saying: “This is the most important game right now and the start of an exciting run of fixtures until the end of the season.

“It’s of course going to be very difficult; you only need to look at their home form over the last two years to see that but also be excited at the challenge that awaits.

“At the same time it’s an important game and a chance for us to catch up on the games we’ve missed as part of our FA Cup achievements, so the focus on the game is massive from everyone at the club.

“There’s no doubt that the Etihad Stadium is one of the toughest to visit in the Premier League. Man City’s performance on Sunday at Wembley shows that this team are finishing the season strong and are fully focused themselves on enjoying success come the end of May.

“Looking back at our previous meetings home and away, the games have been quite close but we haven’t quite found the level needed to take a result, which is what we need to try and achieve on Wednesday.

“However I do feel that internally this team is as strong as it has been all season, and as you can imagine everyone is desperate show what they can do and what they can offer to the team in the remaining games."

“It was more of a mental challenge at Wembley on Saturday. Physically it served as a good exercise of course, but something that we’re well used to in that sense.

“The occasion was very unique and I was very impressed with how the players dealt with the tag of being favourites for the game on such a stage.”

Wigan have two games in hand above those teams near the relegation, and although the Latics are third from bottom on 31 points, three points from safety, I can see them mounting a run of wins in their remaining seven games, as this is the time of year like every season when they beat the top six teams to avoid relegation.


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