Michael Jacobs insists Wigan Athletic are ‘deservedly going up as champions’ of League One.
Latics all-but secured the title at the weekend thanks to the 4-0 win at Blackpool, which keeps them three points clear of Burton and a goal difference of +40 compared to the Brewers’ +20 with one to play.
And Jacobs, who arrived from Wolves last summer, believes the promotion party that kicked off at the final whistle on Saturday is just reward for all the hard work put in this term.
“You can’t beat days like that – getting promoted, and going up as champions as well,” he told the Evening Post.
“I experienced it a couple of years ago at Wolves, and you just can’t beat the feeling.
“And I think if you asked all the other teams, they wouldn’t argue about us going up as champions.
“We set a high standard for ourselves, and we kept that going right to the end.
“We’ve produced some fantastic performances, and we also showed we were able to grind out results when not at our best.
“I think we’re deservedly going up as champions.”
Latics had to dig deep at Bloomfield Road after a sub-standard first period, when the struggling Seasiders were much the better side.
But it all came together in the second half as Chris McCann, Yanic Wildschut (2) and Will Grigg scored to send the 3,000-plus away contingent into ecstasy.
“We didn’t start too well, the first 45 minutes weren’t great,” Jacobs acknowledged.
“But we stepped up a gear in the second half, and it was a great day – probably more for the supporters, who’ve had a tough couple of years.
“To get back up is a fantastic achievement for everyone.
“It’s what we’ve aimed for all season, and it feels absolutely amazing.
“It’s been some effort from the boys, and we’re there.”