Don Cowie is confident Wigan Athletic’s league position is going to look a great deal healthier at the end of next week.
Saturday’s visit of Fulham is the first of a trio of games in the space of six days against the three sides directly below them in the Championship table.
Latics returned to winning ways last weekend with a deserved win at Derby – their first victory in nine matches.
And Cowie says if they can take the confidence and belief generated from that triumph into the crucial week ahead, Latics could find themselves on the brink of the play-offs rather than the bottom six.
“We’ve got three games in six days, and we’re well capable of coming away with nine points which would make a real difference to our position,” Cowie told the Evening Post.
“The challenge for us is to make sure we prove to people that the Derby game wasn’t a one-off.
“The good thing about this league is you get a lot of games to prove yourself.
“There’s no real time to feel sorry for yourselves because more often than not you’ve got another game around the corner to prepare for.
“People will say Saturday was our first win in a while, but on the flip side we’re now five games without a defeat.
“I know four of them are draws but we’re still unbeaten and hopefully we can make it six against Fulham on Saturday.”
The win over the table-topping Rams proved Latics can match it with the best in the Championship.
B ut Cowie negates the suggestion Latics are in a false position.
“The league doesn’t lie – we are where we are and it’s up to us to put it right,” the Scotland international said.
“We’ve obviously been disappointed with the three 0-0 draws in a row at home, but only we can go out and do something about it.
“At the same time Fulham have put a little run together and are moving in the right direction, so it should be a good game.
“We’re expecting a big test. We all watched their game last weekend against Charlton and they were excellent.
“Any club that spends £11million on a striker has got big ambitions, and it would be a big result for us to beat a team around us in the league.”
“All we’ve done is show everyone what we’re capable of on our day, and it’s about every one of us getting that consistency in our game to do it week in, week out.”
l Wigan’s trip to Middlesbrough in the New Year has been brought forward 24 hours to Good Friday, April 3, with kick-off still 3pm.
It means Latics will have extra 24 hours to prepare for the visit of promotion favourites Derby on Easter Monday (7.45pm).