We must take the initiative says Carson

Wigan's goalkeeper Scott Carson keeps his eye on the ball
Wigan's goalkeeper Scott Carson keeps his eye on the ball

SCOTT Carson has called on Latics to make Maribor feel the heat at the DW Stadium tomorrow night.

Latics face the Slovenian outfit in their first-ever home European tie, having picked up a valuable point from their opening group game against Zulte Waregem in Belgium.

While that performance was pure backs-to-the-wall stuff, Carson acknowledges the onus this time will be on Latics to take the initiative.

“I can see Maribor coming here, sitting back and trying to catch us on the break – but we’ll be ready,” Carson told the Evening Post.

“It’s up to us to take the lead and get the three points which would give us some real momentum in the group.

“We know Rubin Kazan will probably the strongest team, and it’s probably up to the other three teams to compete for second spot.

“If you can make your home ground a fortress and pick up a couple of wins, you’re nearly there.”

Over 2,500 fans made the trip to Bruges for Wigan’s first-ever game in Europe last month.

And with season-ticket holders getting in for free and prices being pegged at just £15 adults and £5 concessions, there should be a decent crowd inside the DW on match-night.

“We try to put a show on for the fans every game we play,” Carson added.

“But we know this one is a bit more special with it being the first home game in Europe. It was similar before the last game, when it was the first one in Europe, and we dealt with the pressure well. Hopefully it will be the same again and we can get the win.”