DAVE Whelan insists Wigan Athletic are finally reaping the rewards for their enterprising approach to the game.
Latics took a massive step towards securing Premier League safety by battering Newcastle 4-0 at the weekend.
It takes them to 37 points from their 36 matches played – and victory at Blackburn next Monday would secure an eighth successive season of top-flight football.
A run of five wins from their last seven matches – including victories over Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and now Newcastle – has lifted them from a position of relegation probables in some people’s eyes to survival certainties.
And Whelan insists it’s no more than Roberto Martinez and his men have deserved.
“When you play well, you deserve to get your rewards, and we have had some very, very bad luck during the course of the season,” Whelan told the Evening Post.
“We’ve also had referees giving some incredible decisions against us, and the fact is we should not be where we are in the table.
“We’ve beaten Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and now Newcastle – and we can beat anyone in this league when we play like we can.”
A first-half flurry saw goals from Victor Moses (2), Shaun Maloney and Franco di Santo derail Newcastle’s Champions League-chasing juggernaut.
And the Wigan chairman was left drooling at the quality of finishing on display.
“We have played so well at times this season and not managed to get the points on the board, but this time we created chances and took them – that was the difference.
“The quality of football we played was simply outstanding – and the four goals we scored were out of the top drawer.
“Victor Moses really stamped his authority on the game in that first 20 minutes – two brilliant goals which laid the platform.
“Franco di Santo also deserved his goal because he worked so hard throughout the game.”