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If Everton have developed a reputation as stretch-run finishers, Wigan can only be considered escape artists.
Last spring Roberto Martinez's Latics escaped relegation with a stirring rally near the end of the season, eventually finishing well clear of the drop zone.
If Saturday was any indication, a similar run is possible this term as well.
Wigan whipped Reading 3-0 at Reading's Madejski Stadium on Saturday in the first of two relegation six-pointers this weekend. Almost everything went right for the visitors.
Arouna Kone stunned Reading with a quickfire double just before halftime (the first under controversial circumstances), and Maynor Figueroa made it 3-0 moments into the second half. Then, 10 minutes after the restart, Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak earned a red card for a rash challenge on Figueroa.
With three points in the bag, Wigan climbed out of the relegation zone as Reading and Aston Villa—beaten 2-1 at Arsenal—dropped in. The race to beat the drop has plenty of twists and turns left, but Wigan made a bold statement Saturday.
Even if they didn't mean to.
“We don’t want to be in this position, we don’t enjoy it,” said Martínez (via The Independent). “But, yes, we do know what is expected in this situation and that really helps."