JAMES McClean believes Saturday’s draw with Fulham will only be a good point if Wigan Athletic can follow it up with wins at Brighton and Bolton.
Latics extended their unbeaten run to six matches at the weekend in a six-goal thriller against the Cottagers, but came off frustrated after conceding a last-gasp leveller.
Next up for Latics is an on-the-road double-header against a couple of fellow strugglers, with tonight’s clash at Brighton being followed by Friday’s televised trip to Bolton.
And McClean believes Latics need to aiming for a maximum haul of six points to make up for the disappointment of failing to beat Fulham.
“It would have been nice to hold on for the win and build on the three points at Derby, but it wasn’t to be,” McClean told the Evening Post.
“We showed great character to get back to 3-2 after being 2-1 down, but we couldn’t see it out. There’s no excuse for what happened, though.
“We were a man up, a goal ahead, and you need to be more clever in that situation to see it out.”
Tonight’s game is the second of three in the space of six days, which will test the Latics squad to the limit.
But McClean sees no reason why Latics can’t build on their deserved win at Derby 10 days ago and pick up more precious points.
“Three games in a week is a tough ask for any squad, but we’ve started with a point and the aim now has to be seven points which would be a great return,” he added.
“We’re six unbeaten, although we’ve only won one of those games which we’d like to have been more.
“We are hard to beat at the moment and I don’t think we’re too far away from going on a winning run.”
McClean will be pushing for a start tonight after another lively cameo off the bench at the weekend.
Boss Uwe Rosler has pledged to shuffle his pack with ‘one or two’ first-teamers left behind in the north west with one eye on Friday night.
There will be one enforced change, with Leon Barnett serving a one-match suspension following his red card against Fulham.
Ivan Ramis, who returned from injury off the bench, would appear to be the logical replacement, while Shaun Maloney is also knocking on the door after notching his first goal of the campaign.
l Latics last night confirmed all tickets for tonight’s beam-back at the DW Stadium have been sold.