Perch: No dwelling, it’s time to start winning

James Perch in action against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League
James Perch in action against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League

JAMES Perch says the defeat against Brighton has been forgotten about already and that the Wigan Athletic squad’s only focus is tomorrow’s crucial European game against Zulte Waregem.

Latics could qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition with victory against the Belgian outfit, emphasising the importance of a strong performance.

It will be Wigan’s second of three matches in eight days at the DW Stadium and they were hoping that they could see out the week with their unbeaten record at home in tact.

However, defeat at the weekend against Brighton ended that impressive run.

Rather than dwell on what went wrong though, Perch says the squad has put the result behind them

“We have to forget about the Brighton game as soon as we can,” he said.

“It’s a disappointing result. I thought they came and did alright, they played well and took their chance well.

“If we took a couple of our chances it may have been a different story but that’s how it goes.

“Strikers can go a game and have four chances and not score then on another day everything they hit goes in.

“It’s one of those days where it didn’t go our way in all departments.

“It’s frustrating to concede any type of goal but when it’s as soft as that, it’s a tough one to take. It was a great save from Lee (Nicholls) and Crofts has done well to get to it and put it in.

“We’ve spoken about it and we’ve forgotten about it already and that’s it now. We move it away and concentrate on Thursday’s game which is a big game for us.”

Perch is one of few members of the Wigan Athletic squad to have played in Europe and he has recent experience of progressing from the group stage.

He was part of the Newcastle side which reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season.

The 28-year-old remains confident that Latics fan follow Newcastle’s lead and get out of the group stage and has backed them to win tomorrow.

“We’re looking to progress, get a win, play well and that’s what we’re hoping to do,” added Perch.

“We know we have a great chance of going through, that’s what we’re concentrating on now, getting those three points and moving up the group table.”

l After a great response to their “3 for £33” offer – three games for one price – Latics are now giving those who missed out the chance to see the next two home games for £22 for adults.

The offer includes the crucial Europa League matchday five game against Belgian side Zulte Waregem tomorrow and also the visit of Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday. Tickets for both games will be priced at £22 for adults, £15 for concessions and £8 for under-16s.

Tickets can be purchased online at wiganathletic.com/tickets or by calling the ticket hotline on 0871 66 33 552.

Supporters can also purchase tickets form the stadium ticket office normal office hours and up until kick on Thursday night.