‘Proud’ Roberto Martinez celebrates crucial victory against Norwich City as Wigan Athletic boost survival bid

By Colin Henrys

Boss Roberto Martinez was bursting with pride after his weary Wigan Athletic side took a huge step towards Premier League survival with victory against Norwich City.

Arouna Kone’s strike in the 81st minute was enough to separate the two sides in a tense battle at the DW Stadium.

Martinez admitted the Latics were not always at their best but claims winning was the most important thing.

“I’m extremely, extremely proud,” he told Sky Sports. “We had a few tired legs as you can expect.

“So today to perform in that manner, to find a way to keep a clean sheet, to find a way to score that all-important goal and restrict Norwich to no shots on target, is a phenomenal effort and a great result.

“I think it is one of those performances that probably we weren’t at our best in terms of the style and the fluent possession.

“It was very important (to win) as you can imagine, I think the points they are vital to try to increase the points tally.”

The win lifts Wigan out of the bottom three, and with relegation rivals Reading, Newcastle United and Sunderland all losing gives them increased hope of surviving.

Coming off the back of an international break  ‒ a time which the Latics’ have often struggled to get points from ‒ Martinez feels the victory is also a huge psychological boost.

“This game was more important than just getting the points,” he added.

“This game was to find a way to perform after an international break which historically for us has been very, very difficult.

“We had to find that extra character to keep a clean sheet against a Norwich side who are the best team in the Barclays Premier League in dead-ball situations.”

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