JERMAINE Pennant insists Wigan Athletic will keep fighting against relegation ‘until it’s mathematically over’ ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Millwall.
Latics travel to south London for a massive win-or-bust clash at the bottom of the Championship.
We’re still in there fighting and, until we’re mathematically relegated, we’re in with a chanceJermaine Pennant
It’s their second trip to the capital in the space of four days, on the back of the 2-2 draw at Fulham last Friday.
Both Latics and the Lions have a seven-point gap to make up on fourth-bottom Rotherham, with Pennant and his colleagues having only a further three matches – against Brighton, Wolves and Brentford –to come.
With the Millers not in action until their trip to Fulham on Wednesday, it’s a perfect opportunity to close the gap and crank up the pressure.
And Pennant says no-one at the DW is giving up the ghost just yet.
“We’re still in there fighting and, until we’re mathematically relegated, we’re in with a chance,” he told the Evening Post.
“It’s as simple as that, and we need to go into every game with the attitude we did at Fulham.
“We’ll keep going until it’s over. But at the moment it’s not - we’re still in it.”
The 2-2 draw at Fulham – Gary Caldwell’s first match in charge – was like a breath of fresh air, with the visitors playing with a swagger and belief that’s been lacking for much of the campaign.
“The way we played was great,” said Pennant. We dominated the game in the first and second half.
“We kept the ball well and didn’t really have too much to worry about.
“We showed great spirit, we kept fighting all the way and we could have gone on to get a winner at the end.”
Pennant will be looking to pick up against Millwall where he left off at Fulham, when he scored the first goal and laid on the second for Jason Pearce with a pinpoint corner.
His goal, a sumptuous free-kick from 25 yards, was his third in Wigan colours – all of which have underlined his quality from set-pieces.
“It was in a similar position to the ones at Rotherham, and as soon as the whistle went I was on it,” the ex-Liverpool and Arsenal man grinned.
“When your confidence is high, like with any sport or area of life, you think you’ve got a great chance of doing something.
“I don’t want to give my secret away, but if we’d have got another one it would obviously have gone in the other corner like at Rotherham!
“In general I was pleased with my set-pieces. We’ve worked on corners, the gaffer’s told us where he wants them and fair play to the players for great movement.”