‘One win could change our Fortunes’

Marc-Antoine Fortune
Marc-Antoine Fortune

MARC-Antoine Fortune believes one win could spur Latics on to a successful streak.

The striker, who netted Wigan’s second at Wolves on Saturday, is urging his team-mates to build upon the memories of last season that saw the side bounce back from a six-game losing streak with a lengthy unbeaten run.

While Latics have picked up three points in their previous six, they have all come from draws with the last victory coming at the end of September against Birmingham.

Fortune says there are no panic buttons being pressed yet and the squad has plenty of belief and confidence to push up the table.

“You saw last year that we didn’t start the best but we finished in the play-offs,” he told the Evening Post.

“The season is long, you just have to win a few games in a row and everything will be fine.

“It’s very tight, it’s the beginning of the season. We just have to not lose too many games and stay close to the gap.

“Before last Tuesday we didn’t show (belief). Every time we lost or couldn’t win we didn’t show we could get back into the game.

“Now everybody sees that we are a strong team and that we can fight for promotion.”

Fortune (right) does acknowledge that the side has underperformed this season with a lot of pressure being put on them with regards to promotion.

But he has been impressed with the amount of quality brought in by Uwe Rosler, despite it meaning his start to the season was halted thanks to the signings of Andy Delort and Oriol Riera.

“When I saw the last few results I didn’t worry,” he added.

“Between us we know that we are good players and Wigan bought us to play.

“The confidence is still there, it’s football. Today you can be last and tomorrow you can be first.

“It’s been a difficult time for us and our fans. There is a lot of expectation for the fans and they saw against Nottingham Forest and Wolves that we are still a team that can go up.

“Now we have two weeks to get ready for the next game and we have to be ready for that.”

Fortune’s goal at the weekend was his first since February but he’s hoping it’s enough to help gain him more game time which would enable him to score more.

The 33-year-old says that the drought didn’t concern him and that he will use the international break to sharpen up even more.

“I don’t think about that,” he said. “Against Wolves I scored but now I have two weeks to do some more finishing and try to score again.”