JAMES McCarthy believes only a more ruthless streak in front of goal is standing between Wigan Athletic and Premier League points.
Latics suffered their third straight defeat at Sunderland, despite dominating from virtually the first minute to the last.
And McCarthy, who came agonisingly close to his first goal of the season with one shot being brilliantly saved by Simon Mignolet and another flying inches past the post, insists they’re not far away from turning it around.
“We’re obviously very frustrated at the moment,” he told the Evening Post.
“I thought we passed Sunderland off the pitch, even when we went down to 10 men, and we just couldn’t take our chances.
“Their goalkeeper made a few great saves but when you get into those positions you have to be taking some.
“I thought we deserved all three points for that display, but it wasn’t to be.
“We can’t afford to get too downbeat. We’ve got a massive game against Everton next week, which we need to be up for both on and off the field.
“The fans were brilliant again on Saturday –they’re always brilliant to be honest.
“They give the team that extra something and hopefully they can get the place going on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Mauro Boselli continued his goal-den start to the season with the winner for Wigan’s U21s against Birmingham yesterday.
Latics had to do it the hard way, after Jordan Mustoe was red-carded with only 18 minutes on the clock.
But with Fraser Fyvie and Callum McManaman in the side, the home side held on to extend their unbeaten home record to four matches.