Home comforts for Holt

Grant Holt in action at Charlton
Grant Holt in action at Charlton

GRANT Holt is confident Wigan’s luck will change as they embark on two home games in four days – starting with the visit of QPR.

The striker is finding his feet after missing seven games with knee damage, only returning earlier this month in the home win over Blackburn.

And with Latics suffering a goal drought away from the DW Stadium since their opening day 4-0 win over Barnsley, the summer signing from Norwich City admits to feeling frustrated.

“We’re not getting the rub of the green at the moment,” said Holt.

“It’s a case of we’re doing things like hitting the bar, balls going the wrong side of the post, balls falling the wrong side of people.

“It’s frustrating at the minute but we can only keep doing what we are doing.

“It’s positive we are creating the chances but things aren’t quite going the right side.”

But with a home record which has yet to see Latics beaten at the DW this term, the 32-year-old Cumbrian is confident Wigan’s fortunes will soon take an upward curve as they look to start creeping up the Championship table, despite their 
congested schedule.

Holt continued: “At some point that will change.

“To go anywhere in this division and get points is tough but our home form is good. If our away form picks up a bit we’ll be fine. It’s just a case of it’s difficult to freshen-up when you play in the week.

“You have to try and do that but it is something we have to adapt to.”

Despite Wigan’s run without an away goal stretching to eight games last weekend against Charlton, Holt pointed out the positives, including the impressive league debut of keeper Lee Nicholls.

The 21-year-old had little more than 20 minutes to prepare for his league debut following Scott Carson’s warm-up injury and earned Holt’s plaudits.

“We lost Scott Carson at the last moment and Lee Nicholls had to come in but I thought he was brilliant,” he said. “It’s just the things that have been happening in recent weeks and we’ve now lost Shaun Maloney – everything seems like it is going against us at the minute.

“But we will be able to turn it round and be fine.”

Holt added: “We should have won the other day with the chances we had but it’s just the way it has gone at the moment.”