Wigan boss Martinez wants home points

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez acknowledges his team must improve their home form to maintain their Premier League status.

The Latics pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with an impressive 3-0 win at fellow strugglers Reading last week but they are outside the bottom three only on goal difference.

They have won just twice in the league at the DW Stadium all season, half of the number of victories they have achieved away, ahead of Liverpool's visit on Saturday.

History may favour them this weekend, however, with the Reds not having won in their last four visits.

Martinez said: "We have a very good record at home against Liverpool over the last four seasons and it is one of those moments of the season - we need to embrace those final six games of the season at the DW Stadium.

"Our performances have been very good but our results haven't been able to match that.

"There are certain margins we need to affect. We need to improve in certain aspects and that should start on Saturday.

"They are a very difficult side but we need to create a special atmosphere in our own environment."

Martinez accepts his side do not boast the individual talents of Liverpool but that does not mean they cannot come out on top.

He said: "We know we need to be at our best.

"They are very creative and inventive in areas, they have got real pace and quality, they are well organised and press really well. They keep the ball extremely well.

"It is very difficult to find weaknesses but results are a different matter."

Martinez expects his players to take inspiration from the fans as they fight to beat relegation.

The Latics' crowds may be among the lowest in the Premier League but Martinez has regularly hailed their enthusiasm.

This weekend supporters are planning to congregate en masse in the DW Stadium car park to cheer the team as they arrive, something they tried before a game against West Brom last March as Wigan lay bottom of the table.

Wigan played out a 1-1 draw with the Baggies that day but what followed was a remarkable upturn in form which carried them to safety, winning seven in a row starting with a victory over Liverpool.

Martinez is planning to arrive at the ground half an hour earlier to make sure his players fully appreciate the fans' efforts this time.

The Spaniard said: "This initiative was a turning point last season and I do hope this can change around the results we have had at home so far.

"It is one of the many examples we have got of how much the fans get involved and how important they are in our preparations and what we do on the pitch.

"The players were shocked to see a lot of fans waiting in the car park and after that they came in with a completely different mental approach.

"They were very happy and they had that positive belief, knowing how important the game was going to be and the rest the season.

"This is our eighth season in the Premier League and we have been fighting with everything to get into the ninth."