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Roberto Martinez delighted at ‘complete performance’ as Wigan Athletic climb out of drop zone

By Colin Henrys

Boss Roberto Martinez was delighted as Wigan Athletic took a huge step towards Premier League survival with a big win at fellow strugglers Reading.

Arouna Kone’s quickfire double on the stroke of half-time and a rare Maynor Figueroa strike powered the Latics to victory against the despondent Royals, for whom Pavel Pogrebnyak was sent off.

An ecstatic Martinez believed Wigan showed the best of their ability both in attack and defence and called on his players to continue in the same manner as they battle the drop.

“Delighted is the best word to describe it,” he told Sky Sports.

“We knew how hard it was going to be with the recent results Reading had, and we never underestimated how difficult a task it was going to be.

“It was a complete performance in a very difficult environment, at a difficult moment of the season, it was very pleasing for us.”

Despite a run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, Wigan’s had not won a Premier League since beating Aston Villa in December.

Martinez felt his side reaped the benefits of hard work on the training ground however as they kickstarted what the Spaniard feels will be a difficult bid for survival.

“To keep out Reading with no shots on target was an incredible effort from all the players, and showed how well they were drilled and focused in their defensive job,” he said.

“On top of that we were able to play like ourselves, and be ourselves. To score the goals in the manner that we did is very pleasing.

“We want to be as consistent as we can until the end of the season, show the same standards that we did today.

“We need to carry on this mentality and this focus, but it is going to be a close, close fight until the final day of the season.

“It is probably the hardest of all, because of the quality of the teams around us.”

The win propels Wigan out of the relegation zone at the expense of Reading and Aston Villa as the Latics prepare to welcome Liverpool to the DW Stadium next week.

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