VICTOR Moses predicts Wigan Athletic will emerge victorious from the relegation dogfight – but only if they rediscover their top form.
Latics saw their recent resurgence checked at Fulham, and now face a crunch clash against Champions League-chasing Newcastle on Saturday.
Three points would give Latics breathing space ahead of their final two clashes against Blackburn and Wolves. And Moses believes they are more than capable of getting them.
“Fulham was just a blip,” he told the Observer. “If we can regain the momentum we had from the wins against Manchester United and Arsenal, we can get the right result against Newcastle. The way we’ve been playing – solid at the back and dangerous going forward – I can’t see us losing many games if we can get back to those heights.
“We’ll be getting together this week for one final push, and it’s about regaining our intensity in training and taking it into match-day.”
In-form Newcastle will pose a stiff test of Latics’ Premier League credentials. But Moses is confident home advantage will prove decisive.
“Newcastle have done great this season, and they fully deserve to be challenging for a Champions League spot,” Moses recognised.
“They’ll be coming here looking for a result, but we’re at home and we hope to hammer home that advantage.
“Our fans have been great, especially in recent weeks, and they have played their part in the upturn in results.
“I’m sure they’ll be in great voice again and it’s up to the players to take the lead and give them something to cheer.”
The Nigeria international also believes Wigan’s history of getting the job done at this stage of the year will stand them in good stead.
“We’ve got the experience of having been in the dogfight before, so hopefully that will count in our favour over the next month,” he added.
“We’re out of the relegation zone but no-one is taking anything for granted. Three points could end up doing it, but we’ll be trying to win all three games and then we’re not having to rely on any other results.”