Sam Morsy says Wigan Athletic will be up for the fight this weekend against fellow promotion-chasers Bradford City.
The Bantams are renowned as one of the most physical sides in League One, and gave Latics a very thorough examination in the 1-1 draw at Valley Parade back in October.
Tough-tackling Morsy, though, says Latics won’t be found wanting when the going gets tough. And the 24-year-old won’t allow his recent red card in the draw at Millwall to affect his outlook.
“Football’s all about highs and lows,” he told Wigan Today. “It’s not so much about what happens but how you react to what happens.
“It’s completely out of my mind now. All I’m focused on is what I came here to do – winning games and getting promoted.
“It’ll be a tough game on Saturday, but we’ll be ready for it.”
Meanwhile, Latics could have Will Grigg unexpectedly available for the big Easter double-header against Swindon and Rochdale at the end of the month.
The 18-goal striker was surprisingly left out of the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming friendlies against Wales and Slovenia, with boss Michael O’Neill opting to have a look at QPR striker Conor Washington ahead of the European Championships.
O’Neill is understood to be happy to allow Grigg to continue to play a central role in Wigan’s promotion push.
Obviously any injuries to his striking options may cause O’Neill to rethink but, as things stand, Grigg will be staying with Latics for two potentially-pivotal clashes.
O’Neill, himself a former Latics midfielder from the 1990s, has also put pen to paper on a four-year deal as reward for guiding the country to Euro ‘16.
“After the qualification and euphoria of that it was time to sit down and discuss what’s next,” O’Neill said.
“Discussions were always positive between myself and the association, I just felt that it was the right thing to give stability to the situation going into the finals and this is the first phase of the team continuing to develop.
‘’I am extremely proud to be manager of Northern Ireland, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the role over the past four years.
“I’m pleased to have signed this long-term contract, with the stability it brings to me, the staff and the players. We are all now looking forward to Euro 2016 and the chance to create more history.”