MICHAEL Jacobs says it’s the Latics players’ mission to climb into the top two over Christmas.
Wigan currently sit five points away from the automatic promotion places with fixtures against relegation-threatened Blackpool and Barnsley in front of them before Santa does his rounds.
If we get a good run over Christmas there’s no reason why we can’t get into that top twoMichael Jacobs
And with a home clash against Sheffield United followed by a visit to lowly Fleetwood before the new year is brought in, Jacobs is hoping his side will be looking down on the sides scrapping for play-off places.
“If we get a good run over Christmas there’s no reason why we can’t get into that top two hopefully,” he said.
“When you know what’s coming up over Christmas – playing every couple of days –and some big games, Sheffield United and teams like that, it’s a good one to look forward to.”
Tomorrow’s clash with Blackpool gives Latics an ideal opportunity to improve their form following three games without a win, and while Jacobs says Blackpool’s fans don’t deserve to see the slide their club has endured, sympathy won’t play any part in how Latics approach the contest. “When Blackpool got relegated it was all doom and gloom but they’ve picked up a few results, and it’s nice to see because the fans are passionate for the club – it’s just the set-up isn’t what it should be really,” he said.
“Hopefully they can improve but we’re desperate for three points and want to get back to winning ways.
“We need the result to push us back up to the top two. No sympathy, get the result and kick on into the festive period.”
Jacobs is also looking to pick up his form on a personal level after returning from a knee injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Shrewsbury last month. The 24-year-old admits the injury has knocked him back – but is confident of quickly returning to his best.
“I’m fully over it now, you get it and it’s a kick and you want to be out there playing and helping the boys,” he said.
“It knocked me back a bit but now I’m 100 per cent I can hopefully get back to the form of a couple of weeks ago.”
And tomorrow also represents a chance for Latics to re-establish the DW Stadium as a place visiting teams fear.
“We set out from the start to make the DW a fortress and make it difficult for teams, we’ve set a good standard but the last two results haven’t been what we’ve been looking for,” he said.