JORDY Hiwula feels Wigan Athletic must take advantage of three home games in quick succession to back-up a cracking Christmas on the road.
Latics picked up seven points from their three away games over the festive period, wins at Barnsley and Fleetwood being followed by a battling 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
We’ve got a big squad here, and we’ll be trying to utilise that between now and the end of the seasonJordy Hiwula
And with a hat-trick of big home games in the space of nine days coming up – starting with Thursday’s televised visit of high-flying Gillingham – Hiwula wants Latics to really crank up the pressure on their fellow League One promotion chasers.
“Seven games from possible nine – and three hard away games – is something we’d probably have taken at the beginning of the Christmas period,” he told the Evening Post. “That’s a good return, and we’ve got three home games in a row coming up now and we have to take full advantage.
“Gillingham is first up on Thursday, and we all know that won’t be easy for us.
“They’ve been one of the top teams this season, as their results will show.
“But you want to be playing in these games, testing yourselves against the best.
“We also definitely want to get one back on them after we lost down there at their place early in the season.
“We didn’t play well that day, but if we can do ourselves justice then hopefully this time the result will come.”
Hiwula was a late substitute at the weekend against Scunthorpe, although he was unable to replicate his goalscoring cameo off the bench in the previous game at Fleetwood.
The on-loan Huddersfield man has only started seven matches for Latics this term, but has produced six goals to send a strong message to boss Gary Caldwell.
“We’ve got a big squad here, and we’ll be trying to utilise that between now and the end of the season,” Hiwula acknowledged.
“We’ve proved we have goals throughout the squad, and hopefully we can hammer that home on Thursday.”
Latics had to come from behind to pick up a point at Scunthorpe, thanks to Michael Jacobs’ fine goal just before half-time.
The visitors also had two efforts cleared off the line in a rousing second-half display, and Hiwula reckons it could easily have led to a win on another day.
“I felt like we created a lot of chances in the game, but the luck just wasn’t on our side,” he added.
“We had two cleared off the line, but we’ll keep digging away and next time hopefully they’ll go in and we’ll get the win.”