Graham Barrow admits he ‘learned a lot’ about his Wigan Athletic players during the Easter Monday defeat at Premier League-bound Brighton.
Latics saw their two-game winning streak – their joint-longest of the campaign – ended at the Amex Stadium, with Albion hanging on for a 2-1 victory despite Nick Powell’s late header.
The result leaves Latics in last-chance saloon at the bottom of the Championship, five points adrift of safety with only three games remaining.
Anything less than a perfect finish means their fate will no longer be in their own hands.
With promotion-chasing Reading and Leeds to play in the last two games, Saturday’s visit of Cardiff City – who lie in mid-table, with nothing to play for – is arguably as comfortable a fixture as could be hoped for.
And Barrow says his men will attack it in good spirits, despite their recent setback on the south coast.
“I’m not put off by Monday, because I knew it would be tough,” the Latics interim boss acknowledged.
“And there’s still all to play for as far as I’m concerned.
“It was probably the wrong game at the wrong time, with what it meant to them.
“But I think we also learned a lot about a few of our players if I’m honest.
“I just look ahead and maybe Reading and Leeds could already be in the play-offs by the time we play them.
“I’m not saying that will be necessarily make them any easier.
“But if we can get over the hurdle that is Cardiff, it gives us a great chance.”