Perch confident gap can be closed

James Perch
James Perch

JAMES Perch insists the eight-point gap between Latics and safety is far from insurmountable.

Latics have a blank weekend while most of their relegation rivals are in action, on account of Reading being involved in FA Cup fifth-round action.

That means Latics could have even more work to do when they resume their relegation battle at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.

But Perch says no-one at the DW is thinking about throwing in the towel just yet.

“Eight points is not enough – not in this league,” he told the Evening Post.

“This league is so topsy-turvy, teams can go on a run at any time, and teams will make a late surge at the top of the league as well as the bottom.

“Hopefully it will be us that finds some form and gets out of trouble.

“We just need to win games, and if we can win enough we’ll be all right without worrying about what other teams aredoing.

“We just need to concentrate on ourselves and try and win as many games as we can.”

The 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest in midweek was particularly disappointing for Perch, who came through the ranks at the City Ground.

“It was a disappointing return, especially the result, we didn’t play well,” he acknowledged.

“The first goal killed us and it gradually went downhill from there.

“We’ve got a few days now and we’ll use them to train well and get in the right frame of mind for Tuesday.”

The Wigan squad currently bears little resemblance to that which started the campaign, following a crazy transfer-window of incomings and outgoings.

Nearly a full team of new players are trying to find their feet as quickly as possible – time which isn’t available in Wigan’s present predicament.

“There’s no time for bedding in with the games coming thick and fast,” Perch recognised.

“The new lads need to hit the ground running and we need to start picking up results.

“But it’s not just the new lads– the rest of us have been here since the start of the season and we need to take responsibility for that.”