RONNIE Stam believes the pressure is on for Wigan Athletic ahead of tomorrow’s derby at Bolton.
Wigan missed the chance to move up to 12th in the Premier League table after going down 1-0 at home to Newcastle at the weekend.
And the Dutchman says the trip to the Reebok represents the ideal opportunity for Latics to get back on the horse.
He told the Evening Post: “It will be tough to recover from Sunday, but we must get it out of our system as quickly as possible because we have a big game coming up at Bolton.
“Normally you try and win your home games and pick up something away, but the pressure is really on after Sunday’s result. Of course we could have moved up the table with a win, but I don’t look at things like that. We just need to concentrate on ourselves and the league will take care of itself.”
Stam, who could come up against his former NAC Breda team-mate Johan Elmander at the Reebok, admits Latics will have to raise their game hugely from the collective performance level against Newcastle.
“We didn’t play our normal football, we ended up playing a lot of long balls and that’s not like us,” he added.
“We didn’t press them in any part of the field, and they did all of things we failed to do.
“It’s frustrating for us to lose the game but Newcastle were much better than us on the day and we have no excuses. We have to move on from this and learn that we must play more football – especially at home.”
Meanwhile, Mauro Boselli’s agent has claimed the Argentinian is on the verge of a loan move to either Italy or Spain.
Boselli, who is without a Premier League goal since joining from Estudiantes last summer, is said to be keen on a loan move to regain his confidence. Bari and one other unnamed Italian club are keen on his services, while Spanish outfits have also been tracking the former Boca Juniors player.
Boselli’s agent, Jose Iribarren, said: “There is interest from Bari, and another good club in Italy, but I cannot name them.”