BEN Watson has urged Wigan Athletic to get over their early-season blip – or risk more sleepless nights in the second half of the campaign.
Latics returned to winning ways in the week at West Ham as they moved into the last 16 of the Capital One Cup, but their league form could do with a boost.
The 2-0 victory at Southampton last month was their only Premier League victory so far, which leaves them only two points clear of the drop zone after five matches.
With tomorrow’s opponents Sunderland on a 12-match winless sequence, the Stadium of Light encounter promises to be tight – and Watson admits three points would give the whole squad a massive fillip.
“We don’t want to be going into the last 10 games of the season needing to win seven or eight of them again,” he told the Evening Post.
“And this is the time to be picking up wins.
“We have got a good group, and we believe in the team and the staff that a top-10 finish is not beyond us.
“If we can all just put in an extra 10 per cent across the board, I don’t think we’re too far away.”
Latics will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of last weekend’s 2-1 home reversal to Fulham, which Watson called “a strange game”.
He added: “We had chances but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“The main worry would be if we weren’t creating any chances – but we had more than enough to win the game.
“We eventually did manage to get one, but it came too late in the game to make a difference.
“If we’d managed to get an equaliser when it was 1-0, who knows what would have happened?”