Jacobs: We can crack our losing run

Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs

MICHAEL Jacobs believes the Christmas period represents an ideal opportunity for Wigan Athletic to get their campaign back on track.

Latics have slipped to sixth in the League One table after picking up only one point from their last three matches.

As a squad, a group and a staff, we’ll be doing everything we can to turn this around

Michael Jacobs

But with four festive fixtures – against Barnsley, Sheffield United, Fleetwood and Scunthorpe – coming up in the space of fortnight, Jacobs believes the league table could have a far more encouraging look come the start of January.

“You look at the games coming up, and we’ve got some very winnable fixtures,” he told the Evening Post.

“And it’s important we try and get back on a winning run as quickly as possible.

“As a squad, a group and a staff, we’ll be doing everything we can to turn this around. Sometimes you go through a run of form like this and you have to stick together.

“The spirit in the squad has been good all season, and we’ll do everything we can on the training ground to put it right.”

Wigan start their Christmas commitments on Saturday with a trip to Oakwell to face a Barnsley side who ended their Wembley dreams in the JPT earlier this month.

“We definitely owe them one,” acknowledged Jacobs.

“They came here and did a job on us in the JPT, fair play to them, they’re through to the next round.

“It’ll be a tough game up at their place, because they’re obviously also desperate for the points at the wrong end of the table.

“But we have done all right on the road in recent weeks, and we’ll go there with a game-plan to try and keep that going.”

Latics will be glad to get back on the road after three home setbacks in a row.

The latest, a 1-0 defeat to Blackpool on Saturday, saw them dominate only to lose to Tom Aldred’s header in miserable playing conditions.

“It was one of those days where the conditions played a big part, and it was always going to be a real battle,” Jacobs added.

“We started well, managing to retain the ball, but we didn’t really create anything in the final third which is a shame.

“We’re all desperately disappointed, because we wanted to get our home record going again as quickly as possible.

“Prior to the last three games, our home form was brilliant, we were unbeaten, and we looked like we were scoring goals for fun.

“We need to put that right as quickly as possible if we want to get back in the mix at the top of the table.

“I’m sure the answer is in the dressing room.”