JORDI Gomez says Wigan Athletic are champing at the bit to end the campaign with play-off glory.
Latics entertain QPR tonight in the first leg of the semi-final – their 61st game of an already-historic campaign.
Having been to Russia and Reading, Belgium and Bournemouth, Slovenia and Somerset, Latics are aiming to set up a third trip to Wembley on May 24.
And Gomez, the club’s newly-crowned Player of the Year, believes there is enough petrol left in the tank to finish on a high. “We’ve all been working hard and this is what it’s been for – the most important part of the season,” he said.
“We haven’t been getting the best results recently, but the most important thing was we got into the play-offs and gave ourselves a chance.
“Now we are in there, it doesn’t matter whether we finished third or sixth, or won at Blackburn on the last day or lost, or even that we lost at QPR last month.
“This is all that matters now. We’ve got plenty of experience in the last couple of years of knockout football, and our record gives us the confidence that we can take this latest challenge in our stride.”
ferent situation now and we know that two good results will be more important than anything that has happened so far.”
Even being involved in the play-offs is an achievement for a Wigan side who were languishing in 15th spot in the Championship before Uwe Rosler’s first game in charge against Bolton in mid-December.
“It was a difficult start to the season, but the gaffer came in and he managed to turn everything around,” Gomez added.
“It’s been brilliant since he came to the club, and the good thing is we can still achieve the goals we had at the start of the season. It’s up to us now.”