Latics have the Power at DW

Max Power
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MAX Power admits Wigan Athletic’s form at the DW Stadium is making them feel unbeatable ahead of tonight’s visit of Burton Albion.

Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury extended Wigan’s unbeaten home record in the league to nine matches, with six wins and three draws on the board.

Latics have managed to keep their last five visitors scoreless – equalling the stadium record in the process.

Having risen to fourth place in League One at the weekend – leapfrogging tonight’s opponents, who lost at Bury – Latics are looking to close the gap on leaders Coventry to a single point.

And Power says confidence levels couldn’t be higher given their dominance on home soil this term.

“We want to continue our run for as long as possible,” Power told the Evening Post.

“I’m sure Burton will come here and fancy their chances of causing us problems.

“But it’s up to us to overcome that and get the job done.

“It’ll be another tough test, and it’ll show us where we are and where we want to be at the end of the season.

“And I’m sure Burton are looking at it the same way.

“If we can just keep the confidence in the team, we’re on to something good at the moment. We feel we can beat anyone on home soil.”

The most recent victory over Shrewsbury was anything but plain sailing, with Latics unable to build on Alex Revell’s 36th-minute header and having to withstand an anxious last 20 minutes.

But Power was happy to kick-off a tough week – which ends with a gruelling trip to Southend on Saturday – with three precious points.

“Every win’s a great win,” he said. “That’s 11 games unbeaten in the league now and we want to carry that on. We understood Saturday was a massive game, and the next two are also massive games.

“It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t our best performance, but it’s a great sign we are winning games when not at our best.

“It’s a fantastic run we’re putting together, and that’s credit to everyone – the players, the management, and also the lads who aren’t playing at the moment who are pushing the players that are every day.

“Competition for places is really driving us on, and the feel-good factor is coming back to the club.

“Obviously we want to get into that top as quickly as possible, and we’re going the right way about it.”

Power also insists the Wigan players will be raring to go tonight despite the short turn-around between matches.

“The manager and the staff are massive on recovery,” he added. “We were in on Sunday morning, eating and drinking the right thing and getting our bodies back into the shape it needs to be.

“Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday is obviously tough, and there will be times when it’s not pretty like against Shrewsbury. We’ve started off a tough week with three points, which was the main thing.”