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Wigan and the Annual Great Escape
Fox Sports, May 7th, 2013 12:22PM

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Fox Sports takes an in-depth look into Wigan Athletic’s amazing staying power in the Premier League. Since being promoted in 2005, Wigan has spent six of its eight seasons in England’s top flight in relegation trouble toward the end of the campaign. However, the Lattics have somehow managed to stay up every year. As Roberto Martinez, Wigan’s coach since 2009, says, “we win the title every time we stay in the league.”

Well, once again, simply staying up will be some achievement for the Greater Manchester club. Currently in 18th, the third and final relegation spot, Wigan is three points adrift of 17th-place Newcastle and 16th-place Norwich, but it has a game in hand that will be played tonight against mid-table Swansea City. A win would move the Lattics above both clubs on goal-difference with two games to play.

And that’s just the beginning of Wigan’s momentous week, as the FA Cup final against Manchester City looms on Saturday. "The FA Cup final is like flying out on holiday to Barbados," Wigan defender Paul Scharner says. "I see it like a nice island, you know, where you can get rid of the daily work and just enjoy something else. It will be the best day of my life, no doubt."

However, for Martinez, the final is about more: "Playing well and winning the FA Cup final could change [people’s] perceptions,” he says. “We’re going there to win -- it is pointless to go into a final just to make up the numbers. But we know City are major favorites. We don’t even deserve to be called David in a David vs. Goliath game -- that would be an understatement!"

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