Mackay’s focused on Latics and not rivals

Wigan's Rob Kiernan has joined Birmingham on loan
Wigan's Rob Kiernan has joined Birmingham on loan

MALKY Mackay insists Wigan Athletic will spend this weekend fully focused on Tuesday night’s crucial clash at Reading – and not worrying about tomorrow’s Championship fixtures that could make their survival hopes even more daunting.

Wigan’s trip to the Madejski Stadium has been put back 72 hours as Reading are involved in FA Cup fifth-round action.

While Latics are training at Christopher Park, the likes of Blackpool, Millwall, Charlton, Brighton, Fulham and Leeds will be aiming to boosting their own survival chances.

But the Wigan boss says his side will not be distracted by events elsewhere.

“It’s about focusing on our own jobs and not worrying about anyone else,” insisted Mackay.

“We’ve got 16 games to go, 48 points to play for, and it’s about us clicking.

“We need to put two or three wins together in the period of games we’ve got coming up that could take us closer to the teams above us.

“The performance at Nottingham Forest was poor, but in the last few weeks performance levels have been good enough.

“It’s just the run of the ball that’s not been going our way.

“But it only takes two or three games and we’re back in it. That’s what we need to focus on.”

LATICS defender Rob Kiernan has joined Championship rivals Birmingham on loan until the end of the season.

“Rob is a good pro and he’s at the stage of his career where he needs to play games,” said boss Malky Mackay.

“Hopefully, the opportunity will come for him to do this at Birmingham and we wish him all the best in that respect. We will monitor his progress over the course of the season and reassess the situation in the summer.”

League One strugglers Barnsley yesterday parted company with Wigan-born manager Danny Wilson and his No.2 Chris Hutchings, the ex-Latics manager.