Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has called on his team to find consistency after their Premier League victory over West Ham at the DW Stadium.
Goals for Ivan Ramis and James McArthur secured the win for Wigan despite James Tompkins’ late strike for West Ham.
Martinez’s team performed a Houdini-like escape from relegation last season and he is eager to avoid the need for a similar feat this season.
“We always want to be better and we want to work towards that level, which was consistently the best period we have had at the football club,” he said.
“That is our aim – that is what we want to do but it is a very tough league and we understand that.
“We controlled the ball really well, we kept the ball when we had to and we were a good threat going forward.
“We scored two very good goals and we created many other opportunities.”
Wigan’s opener came from unlikely source when Ramis volleyed Jean Beausajour’s corner past West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in the 8th minute.
Scottish midfielder McArthur extended the hosts’ lead two minutes after the restart when he profited from a loose-ball to slot home.
Tompkins opened West Ham’s account with a header late in the game but that goal was prove merely a consolation to Sam Allardyce’s side.
“When you are up against West Ham, it does not matter what cushion you have got in the game – you need to keep your composure and concentration,” Martinez added.
“We were desperate to get the first win at home and sometimes that brings extra pressure.
“I was delighted in the manner that we coped with that aspect and I thought three points was the result we deserved.
“We were tested until the last second but we reacted very well and I am very pleased with that.”