Still early days

Wigan Player Victor Moses
Wigan Player Victor Moses
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VICTOR Moses has called for Lady Luck to become a Latic as Wigan bid to turn their season around at Wolves on Sunday.

Latics slumped to the bottom of the Premier League after last weekend’s 2-0 home reversal to Fulham, another defeat that was tinged with misfortune from a blue-and-white point of view.

Despite another much-improved performance, Latics were once again left to bemoan their bad luck with Moses and Maynor Figueroa both firing great strikes from outside the box that beat Mark Schwarzer but sadly not the woodwork.

That takes the total number of times Latics have been denied by either the post or the bar this term to an incredible six – the same number as times they’ve actually found the net.

That’s meant a total of five points have agonisingly slipped through Wigan’s fingertips, which would have seen the side looking at mid-table stability as opposed to propping up the rest.

And Moses, whose effort against Fulham would have been a real ‘Goal of the Month’ contender, is keeping his fingers crossed Wigan’s fortunes improve with pivotal matches against the likes of Wolves, Blackburn and Sunderland coming up this month.

“That’s just the way it’s going for us at the moment, and our luck has got to change sooner or later,” Moses [inset] told the Evening Post. “It’s still early days, though, and we’re all confident of turning it round.

“Everyone is working hard on and off the field, and it has to change sooner or later. It can’t go on.”

Given the form of both teams going in – Latics having lost their last seven league games and Wolves only one point better off – Sunday’s televised encounter can justifiably be termed a six-pointer even at this early stage of the campaign.

And Moses, who is still waiting for his first goal of the season, reckons there’ll be no better time for Latics to kickstart their campaign with what would be a third win on the trot at Molineux.

“The only way we’re going to get out of the position we’re in is by picking up wins, and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it,” he added.

“It means the Wolves game will be even bigger than it would otherwise have been, but we are more than capable of getting the three points.

“No-one’s looking at the league table at the moment.

“All we’re concentrating on is working hard on putting in another good performance, and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”

Moses, who is on the verge of agreeing a new, long-term contract at the DW, has received some good news in the lead-up to Sunday’s game by being cleared to play for his native Nigeria.

The winger represented England at Under-21 level but pledged his allegiance back to his homeland at the end of last season.

He has so far been prevented from turning out for the Super Eagles due to red tape, but that has now been sorted after FIFA received the appropriate documentation from both the Nigerian Football Federation and the FA.

The 20-year-old could make his Nigeria debut in the upcoming friendly international against Botswana.

l LATICS pair Gary Caldwell and James McArthur have been named in the Scotland squad for the friendly in Cyprus on Friday week.