Craig Morgan admits a failure to share out the goals has been a fundamental reason why Wigan Athletic are on the verge of an immediate return to League One.
Latics swept to the third tier title in style last term, with their tally of 82 goals being the second best in the country.
However, this term they’ve found it significantly tougher going, with only three teams in the whole Football League having netted fewer than their total of 39.
Last Saturday’s goalless draw against Cardiff summed up the season, with Latics unable to put away a limited side with little to play for.
Centre-back Morgan had Wigan’s three best chances of the afternoon, all from set-pieces, but he was agonisingly unable to make himself a hero.
“Yeah, it was probably the wrong person for the ball to keep coming to!” he told the Wigan Post.
“On a personal level I was pleased with the way I played on Saturday.
“But I was obviously disappointed that I didn’t manage to score.
“And it’s something we’ve not done enough of this year – spreading out the goals throughout the team.
“Everyone will point to the fact we’ve not had a recognised goalscorer this year, and we haven’t.
“But it’s also up to the other lads to chip in as well – defenders and midfielders too.
“The goals haven’t come from enough areas this year and we’ve paid a high price.”
Latics require a mathamatical miracle to avoid the drop into League One, which would include victories in each of their last two matches – against Reading and Leeds – as well as Birmingham losing both of their remaining games and Blackburn failing to muster more than two points.
Morgan admits the missed opportunity against Cardiff underlined the problems that have dogged Latics all year.
“You’d like to say we were unfortunate against Cardiff, but it’s happened too many times this season – drawing 0-0, or suffering a disappointment,” he added.
“It was a big game and we really needed to win it.
“We’re not out of it yet, though. All we can do is go into the last two games hoping to win them both, and hope other teams slip up.”
Meanwhile, Latics supporters can pay on the day at Reading on Saturday, though prices do increase from the advertised advanced admission offers.
Fans are still recommended to buy tickets in advance with prices £20 for adults.
Equally, Reading’s Family Tickets – £42 for two adults and two U-18s, or £22 for one adult and one U-18 – are only available in advance.