DAVID Perkins insists the answers to Wigan Athletic’s recent problems are in the dressing room.
After a run of 11 league games without defeat, the wheels have come off for Latics in the last few weeks.
We just desperately need to get back to where we were a few weeks ago, scoring goals and keeping clean sheetsDavid Perkins
Blackpool’s 1-0 win at the DW Stadium on Saturday means Latics have picked up only point from their last three league matches – including back-to-back home defeats.
They were also been bundled out of the JPT by League One strugglers Barnsley earlier this month.
But Perkins is adamant Latics can and will dust themselves down and get their promotion push back on track.
And he points to the club’s attacking options as proof that a return to winning ways is around the corner – despite a scoreless sequence of three matches.
“We’ve got Will (Grigg), we’ve got Craig (Davies), we’ve got big Revs (Alex Revell)on the bench, Yanic (Wildschut) and (Michael) Jacobs – that’s plenty of firepower,” Perkins told the Evening Post.
“It makes it even more frustrating we again failed to score a goal at home at the weekend.
“We just desperately need to get back to where we were a few weeks ago, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets.”
Perkins was unable to prevent Latics falling to defeat against his previous club, with Tom Aldred’s header eight minutes before half-time proving decisive. “Blackpool scored from a set-piece and then they sat in and were very hard to break down,” Perkins said.
“Frustration would be the key word from then on as far as we were concerned.
“It was a scrappy game, but we had plenty of possession in good areas. Our final ball just wasn’t good enough.”
He also rejected the notion the torrential rain and difficult playing conditions were a factor in Wigan’s defeat.
“I wouldn’t use that as an excuse, not at all,” he said.
“The pitch played pretty well, and if it rains it makes the surface nice and slick and easy to move the ball around.”
Next up for Latics is Saturday’s trip to Barnsley – the third weekend in a row Perkins will have faced a former club.
It’s a repeat of the JPT northern area semi-final of 10 days ago, when Perkins and Craig Davies missed from the spot as Latics were knocked out after a penalty shoot-out.
“Hopefully I don’t get to take a penalty next week,” he added.
“We’ll be looking to beat Barnsley and starting to climb back up the league again.
“We want to make amends for the cup defeat, and three points will help us to do that.”