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Wigan's Roberto Martínez happy for October to end after loss to Fulham

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    <div class="track"><img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.2/2833?ns=guardian&pageName=Wigan%27s+Roberto+Martinez+happy+for+October+to+end+after+loss+to+Fulham%3AArticle%3A1655026&ch=Football&c3=Guardian&c4=Premier+League+2011-12%2CWigan+Athletic+%28Football%29%2CRoberto+Mart%C3%ADnez%2CFulham+%28Football%29%2CFootball%2CSport&c5=Unclassified%2CEuropa+League&c6=Press+Association&c7=11-Oct-30&c8=1655026&c9=Article&c10=Match+report&c11=Football&c13=&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FFootball%2FPremier+League+2011-12" width="1" height="1" /></div><p class="standfirst">• 'We've been unlucky, but we must improve,' says Martínez<br />• Jol salutes Dembélé after Fulham record first away victory</p><p>November may be few people's favourite month – it is often dark, damp and dreary – but Roberto Martínez cannot wait for October to end. Wigan Athletic failed to pick up a single point this month and have lost eight in a row, seven of them in the league to sit bottom of the table.</p><p>"October has been a shocking month for us," said Martínez, Wigan's manager. "I could go from things on the training ground, to suspensions, to injuries, to bad decisions, to hitting the post, and I'm delighted it's the last game in October.</p><p>"But the experience that we had last season [when they survived on the last day of the season] really prepared us for anything in football. We are a young group but I think we're ready. The players need to forget about winning games, they just need to focus on improving individually. We've got many good options, especially going forward."</p><p>Luck was certainly not on Wigan's side, with Victor Moses and Maynor Figueroa hitting the woodwork.</p><p>"We need to see the overall aim," said Martínez. "We need to get 40 points; we've got five so we need 35. With the amount of games there are left it is not a situation where you have to win the next two."</p><p>Fulham hit Wigan on the break in the 42nd minute to open the scoring through Dempsey before Démbéle wrapped up the points four minutes from time. It was a first away win of the season for Fulham and only their second victory of the season, secured with goals from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembélé. "Everybody was waiting for a win," Martin Jol, the manager, said. "If your home record is great you don't have to win all your away games but we played against Wolves and against Newcastle and I felt we were a bit unfortunate, but we didn't score. We scored one goal when we were 2-0 down against Newcastle, so it was not enough. We had a cushion with the goal and that is what you need. You have to score goals."</p><p>There was an extra reason to celebrate for Dempsey, who equalled his former team-mate Brian McBride's record of most goals scored by an American in the Premier League with his 36th. Jol also praised Dembélé after the Belgian's first goal of the season. "I thought Moussa deserved to score – he was terrific," said the Dutchman. "He is so gifted. The next step is for him to score [more] goals. He has all the talent in the world." <strong> </strong></p><div class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><ul><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/premier-league-2011-12">Premier League 2011-12</a></li><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/wiganathletic">Wigan Athletic</a></li><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/roberto-martinez">Roberto Martínez</a></li><li><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/fulham">Fulham</a></li></ul></div><br/><div class="terms"><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk">guardian.co.uk</a> &copy; 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our <a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html">Terms & Conditions</a> | <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds">More Feeds</a></div><p style="clear:both" />
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