Jordi’s raring to Go-mez

Jordi Gomez
Jordi Gomez

JORDI Gomez insists Wigan Athletic have the strength in depth to successfully juggle two competitions between now and May.

Latics are out of the relegation zone only on goal difference with 10 matches remaining, but switch their attentions to the FA Cup this weekend and a quarter-final tie at Everton.

Gomez has been one of the mainstays of Wigan’s FA Cup run, scoring in both the third round against Bournmemouth and the only goal at Macclesfield in round four.

And he says the players will be taking Saturday’s sixth-round tie just as seriously as any of their remaining Premier League games.

“We have two objectives for the rest of the season, but I believe we can achieve both,” Gomez told the Evening Post.

“After the Everton game, we have 10 matches left in the league and we will need to improve our performances to stay in the division.

“But we have been here before and we have always managed to get out of trouble, so I think we can do the same and remain in the Premier League.

“As far as the cup is concerned, we are only two games away from the final, and we are determined to keep going in both competitions for as long as possible.

“It’s never boring at Wigan – we are always fighting for something and we won’t stop until the end of the season.”

Gomez believes Saturday’s game represents a perfect opportunity to exorcise the demons of last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing by Liverpool.

“After the disappointment of last weekend it’s a great chance to bounce back and reach Wembley,” he acknowledged.

“We’ll be giving our best to try and get through to the semi-finals, and hopefully it will be enough.

“I don’t know why but we have seemed to produce better performances and results away from home this season, and we want that to continue at Everton.

“It won’t be easy because they are a great side and they are having good seasons in both the league and the cup.

“But all the boys will be ready for the challenge and we all believe we can win the game.

“For the fans, it’s an enjoyable competition, they get very excited for the games and that translates on to the pitch because we want to win for them.

“Even when we have been away from home, which we have been for all but a couple of our cup games, they have given us great support and we have appreciated it.

“This weekend’s game at Everton will be no different and, with them being a Premier League side, it’s even more important they get behind us and help us to a positive result.