Hugo - We’re brimming with confidence

Hugo Rodallega - confident
Hugo Rodallega - confident
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HUGO Rodallega insists Wigan Athletic will travel to Blackpool brimming with confidence for Saturday’s seaside showdown.

Latics go into the crunch clash rooted to the foot of the Premier League with only six matches to save themselves from the drop into the Championship.

Such is the situation at the bottom, though, that three points would see Wigan leapfrog their fourth-from-bottom opponents and potentially out of the bottom three for the first time in months.

It would also put them within touching distance of the likes of Blackburn, Birmingham and even 11th-placed Fulham, who have 38 points.

Rodallega, without a goal in two months, appeared to react angrily to his substitution at Chelsea last weekend.

However, the Colombian has been quick to dismiss suggestions of a fall-out with boss Roberto Martinez – and says any talk of disharmony in the camp could not be further from the truth.

“The players really enjoy playing for Roberto, and we are fully behind him,” Rodallega told the Evening Post.

“We all like his open style of play. He encourages to play with freedom.

“Roberto not only is a great manager now, he will be an even greater manager in the future.

“And his positive style will keep Wigan in the Premier League.”

Martinez has set Latics a survival target of 10 points from their last six games, with the Blackpool clash being followed by games against Sunderland, Everton, Aston Villa, West Ham and Stoke.

Rodallega, though, believes it would be a mistake to start looking too far down the track just now.

“We know that we have to focus on what is ahead of us after Blackpool,” he added.

“But, for the moment, all we’re concentrating on is getting three points on Saturday and then looking at Sunderland, Everton and the rest.

“We know we have to be so focused on getting a victory against Blackpool.”

Latics certainly have a score to settle against the Tangerines, who romped to an embarrassingly comfortable 4-0 victory at the DW on the opening day of the campaign.

Rodallega admits his team-mates are not contemplating anything other than a revenge victory in the return.

“If we go there and only draw or lose – it would be a real missed opportunity,” he acknowledged.

Despite being withdrawn along with Charles N’Zogbia at the weekend, it would be a major surprise if both were not in the starting line-up for Saturday with so much on the line.

The deadly duo linked up to fire Latics to safety at the end of last term, and Rodallega says they can do it again this time round.

“I thought I combined well with Charlie up front at Chelsea, and it was working well,” Rodallega assessed.