JORDI Gomez believes Wigan Athletic have turned the corner with their much-improved display against Blackburn last weekend.
Latics came within seconds of a first win in nearly three months, only to be denied by a 98th-minute penalty by Yakubu in the 3-3 draw.
The visitors had earlier scored one of the freakiest goals in the Premier League era when Morten Gamst Pedersen took a corner to himself, and crossed for Junior Hoilett to net.
Unfortunately for Latics, referee Andre Marriner missed the incident – and they remain rock bottom of the Premier League.
However, Gomez insists that if they can maintain the same level of performance, they’ll pick up enough points to stay out of trouble.
“We controlled the game, we played very well, and we have been undone by a late goal,” Gomez told the Evening Post.
“Of course it’s disappointing, but we have to keep working even harder to make sure next time it doesn’t go against us.
“If we can play like that every week, we will start to move up the table, I’m sure.”
Gomez, who was making his first start since September 24, was one of five changes made by Roberto Martinez in an attempt to freshen things up.
The Spaniard duly responded with Wigan’s first goal, a fine left-foot strike that beat Paul Robinson on his near post.
But he admits he would have readily traded it in for the three points.
“I was happy with the goal, of course, but not the result,” added Gomez (right).
“We’re not far away from being where we want to be, although we’re not happy with the three goals we conceded.
“Their first one was soft, their third one was a penalty and their second one – well that was just incredible.
“It was a poor decision by the referee, but it’s not the first time that’s been the case this season.
“It’s clear we can’t afford to rely on referees this season.
“All we can do is keep playing well and do it all ourselves.”