Moving in the right direction - Whelan

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DAVE Whelan has been involved in football long enough to know not to get carried away with a few bad results.

Having taken over a struggling fourth-tier football club in the mid ‘90s with a grand plan of making them a Premier League force, it’s always been about the bigger picture for Whelan.

Which is why the Latics chairman never felt tempted to pres the panic button even after watching his side suffer a morale-draining nine defeats on the spin earlier this season.

And why the weekend victory at West Brom – Wigan’s second away win on the bounce - would have been as satisfying as they come.

“We always thought and we always hoped that we would turn it round, and we’ve deserved for it to have finally happened,” Whelan told the Observer.

“We’ve had some awful luck this season - the ball’s just not been running for us, which does happen from time to time.

“Then you have what happened against Blackburn Rovers, which I have never seen anything quite like in all my years in the game, and there was a real feeling that we’d had two points taken away from us.

“How four officials could allow something like that to happen – we were so scared that those two points would prove to be vital.

“However, this win takes us off the bottom of the league, and we are definitely going in the right direction.”

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