ROGER Espinoza admits Saturday’s visit of Rotherham is ‘must-win’ for Wigan Athletic.
Latics entertain the Millers in desperate need of three points, with last weekend’s defeat at Watford extending their wretched run to one win from their last 16 matches.
Victory would lift second-bottom Latics to within a point of fourth-bottom United, and Espinoza knows anything else is not worth thinking about.
“The Watford game didn’t come out the way we hoped, and that’s something that’s been going on for a while,” he told the Evening Post.
“We need to fix it, and hopefully we can do that this weekend. It’s a must-win for us right there.
“Obviously all games are must-win, but this one even more so because of the situation and the fact they are just above us in the table.
“They’re a team that just came up, and they want to stay up at the end of the season.
“We are also determined to move up the table, and it should be a good game.” The stakes couldn’t be higher going into the weekend, but Espinoza says Latics can deal with the pressure.
“We’ve been able to handle the pressure in the past, and I don’t see why we won’t be able to do so again,” he acknowledged.
“We have players who have handled the pressure at many other clubs as well as Wigan, and it shouldn’t be a problem.
“A couple of wins and you don’t know where it’s going to take you. The same thing happened to us last year, around Christmas, and I think there’s a good opportunity for us to do the same again.”
The Honduran will next month celebrate his two-year anniversary as a Latics player.
And he has confirmed he is happy at the club, following recent reports that he was ‘homesick’.
“I was never homesick,” he said. “I was just in a situation where I was trying to figure what I was going to do with my career.
“Obviously there has always been the opportunity for me to go back home to my old club, that’s always been there since I left. Right now, though, I’m here and that’s all I’m thinking about right now.”