Wigan Athletic starlet 'can't wait to execute target' against Sunderland
Thelo Aasgaard has hailed the 'persistence' in the Wigan Athletic squad that gives them more than a fighting chance of avoiding relegation to League Two.
Latics breathed new life into their survival hopes with a 4-1 thumping of Doncaster on Saturday.
It closed the gap to safety to a single point with six matches remaining - starting tomorrow night with the visit of Sunderland.
And although the Black Cats are one of three teams contesting the two automatic promotion spots, Aasgaard says Latics will have no fear at the DW.
“I can’t wait for Tuesday," he said. “It’ll be a huge game and every game is a cup final for us now.
"We need to find another three points and get them points together that will keep us in this league.
"We’ve got our targets and got our goals. It’s up to us now to execute them now.”
Aasgaard was impressive again at the weekend, scoring his third goal of the campaign and assisting the opener for Joe Dodoo.
“It's a huge performance for us in the circumstances that we are in," he acknowledged.
"Credit to the lads, we’ve been working so hard in training on shape work and on tactics, I’m so proud of the lads.
"It's been frustrating when you’re putting such good performance in but not quite getting the results and not putting the ball in the back of the net.
"But it shows the persistence that this team has. We’ll never give up and we’ll fight until the end."
The Norway junior international made his 30th appearance of the season at the Keepmoat, and he admits he's still having to 'pinch myself' at his swift rise to prominence.
“It’s been an unbelievable experience stepping up from last year," he added. "And I’m embracing every minute of it.
"I’m having to pinch myself sometimes to remind myself I am where I am.
"I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working hard.”