Martinez banking on memories of last season as Connor and Barton prepare for scrap
07:20 GMT, 30 March 2012
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes this year's battle to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League will go down to the wire and that his side have the experience to secure survival.
Martinez's men meet Stoke at the DW Stadium on Saturday on a high after last weekend's win at Anfield, which lifted them off the foot of the table and within sight of safety.
The Latics secured survival at Stoke on the final day of last season and Martinez said: 'It is great to look back on the memories we have from last season, and draw back on those experiences.
Happy memories: Wigan celebrate survival at the Britannia Stadium last season
'We have a young group of players and when you know what to expect it helps. I think it is going to go down to the last game of the season and we have got to be prepared for that.'
Wolves replaced Wigan at the bottom of the table after their fourth consecutive defeat at Norwich and caretaker boss Terry Connor urged his side to fight for their top-flight place against fellow strugglers Bolton.
Connor said: 'It is worth fighting for and I know they will give everything they possibly can.
'It is worth everyone sticking together then if it doesn't work out everyone can look each other in the eye and say, 'I gave it my all.'
Bottom of the pile: Wolves players react after their loss at Norwich
Bolton head to Molineux aiming to put clear air between themselves and the drop zone after last week's win over Blackburn and boss Owen Coyle admitted: 'We have the opportunity to widen the gap to seven points, which could be crucial.'
Queen's Park Rangers are also seeking some fighting spirit ahead of their meeting with in-form Arsenal at Loftus Road, with midfielder Joey Barton urging his team-mates to remember what is at stake.
Barton told his club's official website: 'This is more than a game of football now – the next eight games govern our futures.
'There are livelihoods on the line here, people's careers on the line.'