Jean going all-out to win

Wigan Athletic's Jean Beausejour shields the ball from Blackpool's Chris Basham
Wigan Athletic's Jean Beausejour shields the ball from Blackpool's Chris Basham

JEAN Beausejour admits he owes Birmingham City a great deal - but he’ll still be doing everything he can to pile on the misery for his old club tomorrow night.

Latics, who lost their second match in a row against Blackpool at the weekend, travel to St Andrew’s looking for the three points that will secure their play-off spot with one match to spare.

They won’t find it easy against a Blues side who slipped into the bottom three of the Championship at the weekend.

But Beausejour says the FA Cup holders are determined to to get their campaign back on track and will be going all-out for victory.

“We need to secure our place in the play-offs as soon as possible, and we intend to go to Birmingham to win,” Beausejour told the Evening Post.

“It’s still in our own hands, but we don’t think about that too much.

“All we’re thinking about is winning - and everything else will take care of itself.”

The Chilean, who joined Latics from Birmingham in January 2012, also says there will be no case of divided loyalties on the night, despite looking back on his time in the Midlands with a great deal of affection.

“Birmingham opened the door for me to come to England, and the supporters were always magnificent with me,” Beausejour revealed.

“I have great memories from my time there.

“Although we got relegated, we did win the League Cup which was a proud moment for me.

“But we are all professional footballers and this kind of situation does sometimes crop up.

“The only way to look at it is there is a football match and we will all be doing everything we can to make sure Wigan Athletic wins.”

Beausejour also feels Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Blackpool was tough on a Latics side who dominated the first half, but paid a high price after the break for their inability to force home their advantage.

“I have a mixed view of the afternoon,” he added.

“If you look at the first half, I think perhaps it wasn’t such a bad performance.

“I think we probably deserved to have an advantage of one or two goals at half-time.

“But they scored with their first attack on goal, and we feel really disappointed to have lost the game

“Normally we have a good reaction when something bad happens on the pitch, but this time it wasn’t there.”