STEVE Gohouri has labelled Wigan Athletic’s Boxing Day trip to Wolves ‘our biggest game of the season’.
Latics will arrive at Molineux rooted in the bottom three after the postponement of last weekend’s visit of Aston Villa, just one point and one place above their opponents.
Three points would be the ideal Christmas present for a Wigan side without a victory since the visit of West Brom six weeks ago.
But it will not be easy against Mick McCarthy’s men, who have picked up in recent weeks – especially at home.
Gohouri, though, insists nothing less than an away win will do to kickstart Wigan’s campaign.
He told the Evening Post: “It’s such a big game against Wolves. And we have to win. That’s it.
“We just have to win, and it doesn’t matter how we go about it – but we must win.
“I really don’t care how bad we play as long as we get the three points, because that it the most important thing for us in the position we are in.
“We know we’re in the bottom three but, against a team like Wolves who are competing with us in the league, we have to pick up points. We have to.
“I know we have Arsenal up next, but all we are thinking about is Wolves – which is the biggest game of the season so far for us.”
Latics will be looking to repeat the 2-0 victory in the corresponding fixture last term, when goals from James McCarthy and Charles N’Zogbia were enough to take the spoils.
Wolves also came up short by the same scoreline earlier this term at the DW after Karl Henry was sent off in the opening exchanges for an appalling lunge on Jordi Gomez.
But Gohouri says Latics will be up for the fight should the tackles again come flying in again.
“We beat them here and we know what kind of game they are looking for,” he added.
“They got a red card early on, but we feel we can beat them 11 against 11 and it’s another challenge for us.
“People will be expecting a tough, physical game.
“But sometimes you just need to go into a game and not focus too much on how you are going to play and just try to win.”
Wigan should at least be well-rested after last weekend’s scheduled clash with Villa fell foul of the weather – although sub-zero temperatures are nothing new for the Ivorian.
“This weather is not for me,” he laughed.
“But we are all professionals, and even when it’s minus 20 you have to get on with it and do your job.
“I’ve played in Switzerland and Germany when it was minus 17, so it’s still okay for me at the moment. Not too bad!
“I was disappointed the Villa game was off because I really wanted to play.
“We trained well all week and we were all ready to play.
“Mentally and physically we were there, but it’s only a few days until the next game and now we have to focus on that.”