JASON Pearce admits Wigan Athletic are finally started to justify their hype as pre-season promotion favourites.
Latics extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches at the weekend, running out 2-0 winners at Rochdale in front of the Sky cameras.
We’re expected to be up there, but it’s up to us to put those performances in.Jason Pearce
Pearce opened the scoring with a clinical header on 16 minutes following a free-kick by Michael Jacobs, who added number two himself on the hour mark with a lovely strike.
The result cements Wigan’s position in fifth place in League One, four points off new leaders Gillingham, and Pearce feels they are getting closer and closer to where they should be.
“The club have spent a lot of money putting together a very good squad here,” he acknowledged.
“We’re expected to be up there, but it’s up to us to put those performances in.
“To be fair to the lads they’ve been doing just that in recent weeks, we’re unbeaten in a while, and we just want to keep that going.
“Last season was such a massive disappointment for everyone connected to the club.
“But we’re going to do all we can to go straight back up.”
It was Pearce’s first league run-out since the 1-1 draw at Oldham on September 26 due to injury.
And he was delighted to mark it with an important goal to get Latics up and running at Spotland.
“I’ve had to be patient and wait to get back in to the side,” he added.
“It’s such a big squad with so much quality, and good players are missing out every week. But obviously I’m delighted to have got back in.”