Al Habsi: We’re back in business

Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth: Ali Al Habsi thanks the fans
Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth: Ali Al Habsi thanks the fans
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ALI Al Habsi insists Wigan Athletic have got their mojo back - which spells bad news for the rest of the Championship.

Latics extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a convincing 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at the DW.

It moved them up to 10th place in the table, three points off the play-offs with a game in hand.

And Al Habsi, whose return from long-term injury has coincided with the upturn in fortunes, admits the arrival of Uwe Rosler has rekindled the kind of swagger Latics previously played with under Roberto Martinez.

“It is a bit like that, because the gaffer wants us to play football,” Al Habsi acknowledged.

“Everything is high-tempo, and sometimes when a new manager comes in it is

difficult for the players.

“But we have good

experienced players who have been in the Premier League and you can see on Saturday that we can control games.”

Al Habsi was again excellent against the Cherries, retaining his concentration throughout despite having very little to do for long periods.

That ensured he was on guard late on when Bournemouth pressed for a consolation, making it four clean sheets in a row in the league.

“That’s a record for me,” he smiled.

“But that is because the team in front of me is playing so well.

“That goes for the manager and the fans, too, who have been a big support.

“When you have everything right behind you then these things happen.

“The manager has to take some credit for building the players’ confidence.

“We used to struggle to score goals, but we got three.”

Meanwhile, Latics this week hope to conclude a deal to bring striker Nicky Maynard to the DW.

The Cardiff man was at the DW on Saturday, and is

believed to have held talks after the game about joining Rosler’s revolution.

NOUHA Dicko held transfer talks with Wolves over the weekend and is expected to join the League One high flyers despite rival interest from Rotherham.