Perch: We will get better

Wigan Player James Perch

Wigan Player James Perch

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JAMES Perch is confident Wigan Athletic will show their true quality once their teething problems are out of the way.

The centre-back was one of 10 new-boys integrated into the squad during a hectic summer that saw 12 on-field departures and Owen Coyle replacing Roberto Martinez in the hotseat.

As a result, the start to the season has been hit-and-miss – a four-goal thrashing of Barnsley being followed by defeat at Bournemouth and a draw against Doncaster in midweek, a result that could have gone either way.

Unforced defensive errors contributed to the dropped points against both the Cherries and Rovers.

But Perch is adamant Latics will become more consistent once the understanding in the side improves.

“Most of us are new to the team, and we haven’t played together a great deal,” admitted Perch, who arrived in the summer from Newcastle.

“We did well in pre-season but that’s nothing compared to the intensity of a Championship season.

“We’re only three games in though and the understanding will get better with every game.

“We let ourselves down in the first half against Doncaster after a decent first 15 minutes.

“But we changed it in the second half and were probably unlucky not to win the game in the end.”

Latics face Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium on Sunday.