MALKY Mackay has called on Wigan Athletic to get their house in order at home – and underpin their survival hopes in the process.
Latics – without a home win for nearly six months – entertain fellow strugglers Charlton tonight, with out-of-form Cardiff next up at the DW next Tuesday.
With Latics only six points adrift of safety following the midweek win at Reading, it affords the perfect opportunity to drag themselves out of the mire.
“We need to keep putting pressure on the teams above us in the table,” Mackay acknowledged.
“We need to take the Reading form into Friday, and try to change the home form and make our stadium somewhere opposition teams don’t want to come.
“We need to be better at home, it’s something we’re all aware of. We’ve got to make sure we make this stadium a fortress and allow our fans to see us playing well.
“I desperately want to ensure our fans enjoy coming to our stadium and watching us play.”
The Wigan boss admits the 1-0 win at Reading has eased some of the tension.
“It makes sleeping a little easier – I’m having three hours now instead of two,” he quipped.
“Seriously, I’m interested in wins, we all are, but it’s about having a belief in the performance levels.
“If you keep performing at the same level in this league, invariably you will win more than you lose.”
Mackay also confirmed Chris Herd has returned to parent club Aston Villa for surgery on the knee injury he sustained at Reading.
He said he would ‘absolutely’ look at re-signing the Australian when he has fully recovered.