Wigan boss Martinez not counting on reputations

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez admits reputation counts for nothing in his team selection.

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez admits reputation counts for nothing in his team selection.

In the last five matches he has made just one change - replacing goalkeeper Joel Robles for previous first-choice Ali Al Habsi for last weekend's Wembley win over Millwall.

He has been rewarded with four wins - two in the cup - and a draw, which has crucially contributed seven points to their relegation battle.

"Competition for places has stepped up a percentage, the level of training has increased and we have been unbeaten in the league since then," said the Spaniard.

"Players are desperate to help the team. There are no individual cases, from now until the end of the season it is about what we can do as a football club.

"There is a bigger role than playing or not playing. Everyone is aware the achievement as a team is more important than individuals.

"We have players who are fully aware of what they need to bring to the team and everyone is expecting to be used from now until the end of the season.

"If you have a player who is happy not to play he needs to move on, he's in the wrong business.

"Every player should be desperate to play and be disappointed for one second but after that there is a real sense of the group and what the team needs.

"People are very committed, they are desperate to help the team, but when they are on or off the pitch they know how to behave themselves.

"I think that is what we have showed in the last few weeks - a big club mentality in terms of facing every single game and forgetting about the individuals."

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