No need to panic - Al Habsi

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ALI Al Habsi insists Wigan Athletic have the strength and character in the dressing room to turn around their season after a wretched recent run of results.

Latics slipped to the bottom of the Premier League ladder after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Fulham, goals from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele enough to secure the points for the Londoners.

The result extended Wigan’s losing sequence to eight matches, seven of them in the league, ahead of Sunday’s crucial six-pointer at fellow strugglers Wolves.

Al Habsi admits confidence has taken a battering in recent weeks, with Latics utterly pointless since the end of August.

But the big goalkeeper remains convinced there is enough grit and determination – not to mention quality – in the camp to ride out the storm.

And he says any talk of reaching for the panic button just yet is ridiculously premature.

“We know we’re in a really, really bad position, but now is the time for us to stand together as a team and show what we’re made of,” Al Habsi told the Evening Post.

“What can I say? We played another decent game on Saturday but, in the end, we didn’t get the rewards that our play deserved.

“Again we created some good chances, but we just need to find that finishing touch to turn the chances into goals.

“But that’s football, and we go again next weekend determined to get that all-important win.

“The Wolves game is massive but they’re all massive games when you’re bottom of the league like we are.”

Despite continued reassurance from chairman Dave Whelan that Roberto Martinez’s job remains safe, the Spaniard’s odds on becoming the next manager to lose his job were slashed on Sunday night and yesterday morning in the wake of feverish speculation from those ‘in the know’.

Such talk, however, has proved to be well wide of the mark, and Al Habsi says the players remain 100 per cent behind their boss.

“The dressing room is united, and we will carry on fighting,” Al Habsi added.

“It’s hard to know how to get out of this situation, because we’re already working extremely hard on the training ground.

“Hopefully the gaffer will be able to get us out of it, and I’m sure he can.”