N ATHLETIC 2 vs SWANSEA CITY 3
WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez insists his team must fight for every remaining point after last night’s defeat put a severe dent in their Premier League survival hopes.
Despite twice taking the lead, Dwight Tiendalli’s first goal for Swansea saw Wigan beaten to remain three points adrift of safety with two league games to play.
Martinez must now prepare his team for Saturday’s FA Cup final with Manchester City, but has made assurances Wigan will fight to the bitter end in the remaining league games with Arsenal and Aston Villa.
“We have incredible character and will fight for every point left,” he said. “It’s a missed opportunity at home; we conceded sloppy goals with bad decisions. What we have to do is get ready for the next two games in the league.”
Wigan took the lead on the stroke of half-time when left-back Roger Espinoza volleyed in his first goal for the club, but five minutes into the second half Swansea levelled through Angel Rangel.
Wigan regained the lead when James McCarthy latched onto Gary Caldwell’s pass and applied the finish, but the game took a further twist on 59 minutes when Itay Shechter netted a deflected effort.
On 76 minutes Swansea snatched the points when Tiendalli took advantage of confusion in the Wigan defence to turn in Pablo Hernandez’s pass.
Elsewhere, a first-half goal from Edin Dzeko earned Manchester City a 1-0 win against West Brom, ensuring they cannot finish lower than third.