Al Habsi: Belief is the key

Shaun Maloney in action against Sunderland
Shaun Maloney in action against Sunderland

ALI Al Habsi insists the belief in the Wigan Athletic dressing room is as strong as it’s ever been despite the 3-2 home reversal to Sunderland.

Latics find themselves in second-bottom of the Premier League table, with only QPR below them, with only 15 matches remaining.

Despite a worrying run of only one win in 10 matches, Al Habsi is adamant the cause is far from lost.

“No, it’s not good to be in the bottom three,” Al Habsi acknowledged.

“But we believe in ourselves, we believe in the team here. Everyone believes here.

“There are around six teams up to mid-table involved and 15 games are a lot of games still to play.

“Hopefully we can get some points as soon as possible. We can do it.”

Al Habsi watched on in horror as Sunderland recovered from going a goal down inside five minutes to lead 3-1 at the interval.

That means Latics have now conceded 25 goals in their 12 home Premier League matches.

“It’s a lot of goals, but it’s not about that, it’s about the team,” Al Habsi added. “We did very well in the second half, we played a great game.

“But in the first half, I don’t think we played a good game. We conceded three goals. But if we continue and play like we did in the second half, I think we will be OK.

“We have to forget about this game and move on.”