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Roberto Martinez wants points to match performances as Wigan Athletic prepare to face Norwich City

By Michael Kelleher

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez admitted his side need to start wining to save their season ahead of their game against Norwich City at Carrow Road tomorrow.

The Latics are currently 18th in the table on 15 points and looking to be gearing up for yet another relegation scrap under Martinez.

The Spaniard admitted he is disappointed his side have not got more points on the board this season but defended their recent performances.

“We know that the table in December gives you an indication, but we also know that our recent performances have been good and solid,” he said.

“We are where we want to be in terms of many aspects we’re seeing on the pitch, but there are areas of improvement at the same time because the points tally is not what we wanted at this stage.

“It’s important now though that we start collecting points which our recent performances deserve.

“I’m happy in many aspects of our performances but now we need consistency in our score-lines also.”

In-form Norwich are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games, a run which includes victories against Manchester United and a 4-3 win at Swansea City last weekend.

Martinez is aware getting three points at Carrow Road will be a difficult task and paid tribute to the work Chris Hughton and his staff have done at Norwich.

“Whilst there have been changes in personnel at the club they have maintained good consistency in terms of the playing staff,” he said.

“After a difficult start to the season, which is inevitable following changes in ideas and work, they find themselves in the best moment of their season.

“They are unbeaten in their last nine league games – a run of consistency that is very hard to achieve.

“So you can see they are growing and getting stronger by the week, and that confidence is something we’ll have to match on the day in order to get a result.”

Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell, Albert Crusat, Ben Watson, Ryo Miyaichi and Antolin Alcaraz will all miss the game through injury but Maynor Figueroa returns after a one-match suspension.

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