Fig can earn his Spurs

Maynor Figueroa
Maynor Figueroa

MAYNOR Figueroa says tomorrow night’s trip to Tottenham represents the perfect opportunity for Wigan Athletic to turn their season around.

Latics travel to White Hart Lane rock bottom of the Premier League with just 16 matches remaining, looking to cut the gap between themselves and safety which currently stands at four points.

They need only look to the corresponding fixture last term, when Hugo Rodallega’s late goal clinched a 1-0 away win for the visitors.

And Figueroa says it’s results like that which mean Latics will never give up hope of getting out of their present predicament.

“The objective for us is once again to stay up, and we will be giving all we’ve got to win as many games as we can to ensure that happens,” Figueroa told the Evening Post.

“All of the players should realise we are in a bad position, but there is a big possibility we can turn things around and start to climb up the league table.

“Last year it went all the way to the last day of the season, and it was real do-or-die stuff at the end.

“No-one here wanted to be in the same position again this season, but unfortunately that has proved to be the case and we must continue to fight for every point to stay in this league.”

Figueroa accepts Latics will have their work cut out to get anything at Tottenham, but he says they can draw great heart from their backs-to-the-wall victory there last term.

“Everybody knows about how good Tottenham are this season – their form has been incredible recently,” he added.

“But we have had good results there in the past and we hope that will be the same again tomorrow.

“They have some great players – genuinely world-class stars. But they are also human beings just like we are, and we have to view them as that.

“When we go out there tomorrow night, it is 11 against 11 and we have a great chance of beating them if we play as well as we can.

“We proved last year we are capable of doing so. We have to remember the things we did right that day, and try to repeat it on the night.”

The Honduran has once again proved his versatility this term by slotting into the five-man defensive formation Roberto Martinez has tinkered with.

“When the gaffer decided to play with three centre-backs, it was okay because I have played in that system for Honduras for many years,” Figueroa added.

“I enjoy play as a left-sided centre-back, but I also enjoy playing at left-back. I honestly don’t mind where I play – the only thing that matters is that I prove to the manager I deserve a place in the team.”