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Martinez focused on Everton

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READING, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Manager Roberto Martínez Montoliú of Wigan Athletic gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Wigan Athletic at Madejski Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Reading, England
READING, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Manager Roberto Martínez Montoliú of Wigan Athletic gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Wigan Athletic at Madejski Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Reading, England

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insists his side will not be distracted by the prospect of a visit to Wembley when they take on Everton.

The two sides will go head-to-head in an FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park on Saturday hoping to secure a last-four berth and a day out at the national stadium.

But the Spaniard believes they still have 'too far' to go before they can start thinking of reaching the semi-finals.

"I don't really think that far because I'm very pleased to get to where we have got so far, but we have done nothing yet," Martinez told reporters.

"It would be an incredible achievement (to reach the semi-finals), and that is why we are going to fight tooth and nail to get there.

"But until you get there, it is pointless to make an overall assessment. I think we are still too far (away).

"Ninety minutes is an eternity in football, never mind looking to the final.

"We are happy to look back at this year's competition and how well we have done. Now, going to Goodison Park in the quarter-finals is a real challenge, and that is the way we are looking at it.

"Then, if you can overcome that, it will be the moment to look at what is ahead and what that would mean.

"When you are facing a game that could make history, though, for any club that is always extra special."

Martinez said his side's cup run would not detract from their relegation battle in the English Premier League.

Wigan are only outside the drop zone thanks to their superior goal difference over Aston Villa.

"I think with the stage that we are at in the season now, it is quite straightforward – we are going to try to win every game that is left," Martinez said.

"It is quite simple. We just take it game by game, and we understand the importance of being in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup."