HARIS Vuckic believes Wigan Athletic have the capabilities to go even more goal crazy when they hit top gear on a consistent basis.
Latics travel to Crewe on Saturday looking to further crank up the pressure on the teams above them in the League One table.
Vuckic and Co are now level with fourth-placed Coventry, and only four points off the automatic promotion spots with almost half of the campaign to go.
It’s a first game on the road for three weeks – going back to the 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on January 2 – since when Latics have racked up seven points from a trio of home games against Gillingham, Sheffield United and Chesterfield, which produced a total of nine goals.
And the Slovenia international forward reckons there’s even more to come from a side that is still some way off reaching its peak.
“We are a very attacking team that wants to score goals and wants to create chances,” Vuckic told the Evening Post.
“That’s what we’ve done over the last three games in particular, and long may it continue.
“I feel we could have done even better in some of the games and scored four, five and even six goals.
“We have to take our chances better, and I’m sure that will come in time.”
After a hectic period, including the festive programme and a number of midweek games, the fixture list should show signs of easing over the next couple of months – which Vuckic says will suit Latics down to the ground.
“We have a run of games now on six successive Saturdays – no midweek games – which is perfect for us,” he acknowledged.
“It allows us to focus on our training as well as we prepare for games.
“And I will also be able to use the time to get even fitter after my injury.
“I played 70 minutes last weekend, it was 60 the week before, and if I can get an extra 10 minutes every week that will be perfect for my rehabilitation.”
Vuckic notched his first goal for Latics against Sheffield United 10 days ago, although some of the gloss was taken away by the visitors scoring three times inside the last quarter to steal a point.
Thankfully there was no repeat at the weekend when Latics again raced into a three-goal lead, with Chesterfield’s late goal proving scant consolation.
“It was great to get back to winning ways,” recognised Vuckic.
“It was up to us, the players to show the right reaction to what happened against Sheffield United in the previous home game.
“We showed we’d learned our lesson when we went 3-0 up again, and I thought the way we controlled the game was very professional.”
Vuckic had chances to again get on the scoresheet against the Spireites, only to seemingly want to beat an extra man to get into an even better position.
It’s something he says he has already learned from.
“I was thinking all the time that I could do one more chop, one more turn, and then shoot – and every time it didn’t quite happen,” he admitted with a rueful smile on his face.
“As the manager said to me in the dressing room after the game, sometimes you just have to shoot when you get the chance.
“I will definitely try to do that in future.”
Although his time at Wigan has been affected by a niggling ankle injury, Vuckic has no regrets about moving south from Newcastle on a season-long loan.
As far as the future goes, it’s not something that’s occupying his mind at the moment.
“The plan for me is to stay here for the rest of the season,” added Vuckic, who spent time on loan at Rangers last term and turned down the chance to return to Ibrox in order to join Latics.
“All of my focus is on Wigan at the moment and see where we are at the end of the season. I just want to work hard and help the team get promoted.
“That is the aim for all of us at the moment.”