SKIPPER Gary Caldwell admits Sunday’s visit of West Ham is ‘all or nothing’ for Wigan Athletic.
Caldwell knows Latics could need six points from their final two games against the Hammers and Stoke City to extend their top-flight journey into a seventh season.
Wigan’s biggest game in four years could even draw a capacity crowd to the DW, and Caldwell admits the stakes could not be higher for both teams.
He told the Evening Post: “There will be pressure on us, but there’s pressure on every team down there at the bottom.
“There’s still a lot of teams in it, and it’ll come down to who can handle it, who can keep their nerve and who can keep doing the things they’re good at.
“As soon as you start going against the things you’re good at and what the manager is telling you, that’s when you start to struggle.
“We’re a team that still believes in what we’re doing and I think we’ll be all right.”
West Ham also need a win to keep alive their slim hopes of survival, with a draw not really good enough for either side.
“We’ve always been looking at this one – with the position of both teams – as a big, big game, and it’s turned out like that,” Caldwell added.
“If we win then West Ham are down, but we have to focus on us and us alone.
“We go into every game trying to win, and we know we’ve come up just short in the last couple of weeks.
“Hopefully things can go our way this week and we’ll get three valuable points.”
Anything other than victory would see Latics relying on other teams to drop points on the final day of the season – something the Scot is anxious to avoid.
“All we know for sure is that we have two games to go and we have to take care of our own situation,” said Caldwell. “It’s exciting but I’d much rather be sat in mid-table and not have to worry about this kind of thing. We’re in this situation, though, and it’s important we look forward to it rather than be apprehensive about it. I’m sure come May 22 we’ll be happy with where we finish.”