Bogle: Squad ‘too good’ to go down

Omar Bogle
Omar Bogle

Omar Bogle insists Wigan Athletic proved they have the heart for the relegation battle at Wolves in midweek.

And it’s a battle from which he is not even remotely worried Latics will not emerge victorious.

“You look at the table, and the quality we have in the dressing room – and the manager – we are simply too good to go down,” he told the Post.

“That’s what it will come down to at the end of a 46-game season.

“It will come down to the fact we are too good of a football team to go down – we have too good a squad to go down. We’’ll be fine.”

Latics certainly demonstrated those survival instincts when they dug in at Molineux on Tuesday night, and were rewarded right at the death when Jake Buxton headed the only goal with three minutes remaining.

“It was a difficult game, we were fighting a battle and we knew it was going to be like that,” Bogle acknowledged.

“But obviously, at this moment in time, what we need to do is win – and that’s the main focus.

“Especially when you win it so late...those are the special ones.

“We know there’s going to be games like that between now and the end of the season.

“You have to fight, you have to slog it out, you maybe have to go a bit more direct...but it’s about winning.

“To be fair, we’ve been playing well in the last few weeks without getting our rewards.

“We’ve played better than we did at Wolves and not won.

“We’ve just not got that little bit of luck you sometimes need.

“It’s good to get that little bit of luck, and come away with the win.

“The feeling at the end – that’s what you do it for.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room was absolutely buzzing.”

Bogle had been replaced by the time Buxton nodded home Max Power’s pinpoint corner, having run his blood to water up top.

And it’s a cross he wouldn’t have minded being on the end of himself, having fed off scraps for the majority of his hour on the pitch.

“It was a great ball in from Max, and that’s what he can do with the ball at his feet,” Bogle recognised.

“He’s got the quality to do that, and it was a quality header from Bucko.

“He’s a big centre-back, so he’s great in the air, he has that aerial ability.

“When you’ve got players like Max who can put the balls in there, it makes your job easier.”

Having been paired alongside Will Grigg from the start for the first time, Bogle is also confident the strike pair can form a decent partnership between now and the end of the season.

“Me and Will are both fine playing together,” the ex-Grimsby man added.

“We showed against Norwich in the second half after he came on that we can work together. We did again at Wolves, albeit it was more of a different game.

“The jobs we were doing for the team were more out of possession, it was a bit harder linking up when we were in possession.

“But we’ve shown we can play together, and you’ve got to be adaptable in this day and age.

“The gaffer’s told us we’ve got to be ready to play in any kind of situation, and the good thing about this squad is we have the personnel to play in different ways.”