DON Cowie is targeting the back-to-back home games against Barnsley and Blackpool as the ideal opportunity for Wigan Athletic to ‘get a bit of a run going again’.
Latics entertain the Tykes on Saturday in the JPT, looking to book their place in the northern area final against either Fleetwood or Morecambe.
We’ve now got a couple of massive home games - one in the JPT and one in the league - and it’s a chance to get a bit of a run going againDon Cowie
On Saturday week they host the Tangerines, aiming to get their promotion push back on track after losing to Burton and only drawing at Southend.
Cowie returned to the starting XI at Southend
last weekend, and he knows Latics are capable of better.
“It was a bit frustrating because we didn’t play as well collectively as we know we can,” he told the Evening Post. “But to keep another clean sheet on the road - two on the bounce - is a positive. Southend had been on a good run, so maybe a point wasn’t that bad a result and we move on.
“We’ve now got a couple of massive home games - one in the JPT and one in the league - and it’s a chance to get a bit of a run going again.”
Latics will be red-hot favourites to see off struggling Barnsley, currently rock bottom of League One, at the DW and move to within one hurdle of a return to Wembley.
But Cowie – one of the few members of the first-team squad to have played at Wembley, for Cardiff against Liverpool in the 2012 League Cup final – is taking nothing for granted.
“They could be looking at the competition as a welcome distraction given their position in the league,” the ex-Scotland international added.