Hero Al Habsi’s points target

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ALI Al Habsi has set Wigan Athletic a survival target of five points from their remaining three fixtures.

The weekend draw against Everton gives Latics 35 points from their 35 games, and leaves them in the drop zone on goal difference.

Everything will hang on the final three games, with Saturday’s clash at Aston Villa being followed by a home match with fellow strugglers West Ham and a season-ending trip to Stoke City.

Despite the stakes being so high, goalkeeper Al Habsi is adamant Latics have what it takes to stay up.

“We have three huge games left, but we’ll fight on and everything is still in our hands,” he told the Evening Post.

“It will be hard, of course it will, but we know what we have to do.

“We have to get a win and maybe two draws from the three matches that remain, and we’re more than capable of doing that if we can play to our potential.”

Wigan blew a great chance of moving out of trouble by squandering a match-winning position against the Toffees on Saturday.

Charles N’Zogbia’s early goal gave his side the platform to go on and win the game, but Wigan twice pressed the self-destruct button to concede unnecessary penalty kicks.

After saving the first one from Mikel Arteta, Al Habsi was powerless to prevent Wigan old boy Leighton Baines smashing home the second.

“It was a fantastic feeling to save the first penalty – it looked like it was going to be a brilliant day,” Al Habsi added.

“For the second one, I knew he was going to hit it hard but I couldn’t get near it.

“It’s very disappointing because I thought we played fantastic and created a lot of chances.

“It is hard at the moment but we’ll stay together as a group. We must forget about this now, the game is finished.

“If we can continue performing like that for the last three matches I’m sure we’ll be all right.”