Barrow ready to stop the rot

Graham Barrow
Graham Barrow
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GRAHAM Barrow is backing Wigan Athletic to arrest their slump in form today – in what is shaping to be his last game in charge.

Latics face Millwall at the New Den aiming to end a run of four-straight defeats.

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler will continue talks with the club over the weekend about taking over the position left by Owen Coyle.

Latics have agreed compensation for the German, who is with Brentford today for their game at Carlisle.

It’s hoped that an agreement can be made soon and Rosler be confirmed the new manager at Wigan Athletic in the coming days.

Until that happens though, Barrow will remain in charge at Wigan and he is confident he will leave them in a good way when the new man comes in.

“We’re going to have to get our act together very soon,” he admitted. “But we all know it’s more than doable because of the points that it probably would take to be in the play-off situation.

“We have to treat this as a minor blip and try and get our season up and running again at Millwall.

“Really, we came away from Yeovil and everyone was singing and dancing but in the space of 10 days, things have gone a little bit bleak.

“But in all the games we’ve been smack bang in the middle of a run of matches so you’ve just got to really dig in and keep going.

“I think the people around the club now have just got to pull together. The staff and the players that are at the club have certainly applied themselves and I can’t ask for any more apart form putting the ball in the net.”

Wigan are desperate to end a miserable run of form which has seen four defeats – three coming at the DW Stadium.

The latest was a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United on Wednesday where Barrow made a number of changes to Coyle’s side from last Sunday.

Barrow admits to not knowing why things have turned out as bad as they have but believes that it isn’t too late to turn things around.

“The squad was thrown together in the summer and there’s just something lacking that you can’t put your finger on in recent weeks but we have to put it right,” he said.

“People keep talking about luck and missed chances but I do believe your own luck and we’ve just got to dig in and keep going because the league is wide open even at this stage.

“I think this time last year Middlesbrough were up near the top and they fell away so when you look at the results on Tuesday night, we’ve just got to keep going.”

One theory used to explain Wigan’s up-and-down form this season is the fact they’re fighting on two fronts.

However, that’s an argument Barrow doesn’t buy into.

“It has been a factor but you have to say, we went to Russia and we came back and beat Yeovil 1-0,” he added.

“If anything, it’s been the international breaks that have been the problem to us rather than the amount of games we’ve had to play.”