DAVID Perkins believes in-form Wigan Athletic are playing like promotion favourites at the moment.
The 3-1 win over Chesterfield at the weekend made it seven points from a possible nine for Latics over the course of three home games in a row.
Coming off the back of an identical record over three away games on the bounce over the festive period, it means Latics are unbeaten in six ahead of Saturday’s trip to rock-bottom Crewe.
Latics are now behind fourth-placed Coventry only on goal difference, and just four points off the automatic promotion places.
And Perkins reckons Latics have nothing to fear if the side can hold its recent form.
“If we can keep picking up seven points from each block of three fixtures, we should get promoted automatically,” he told Wigan Today.
“We’re happy enough with the way things are going, without getting too carried away.
“We’re sneaking up the league nicely, we’re playing well, and we’re scoring goals, which is good to see.
“We kind of struggled to get goals going back to the start of pre-season.
“But that’s all coming together at the moment, and we’re a team with plenty of goals in us.
“Even the centre-backs and the wing-backs are chipping in with a few, and it’s great to have that in our locker.”
It would have been even better had Latics not thrown away two points after blowing a three-goal lead to draw with Sheffield United last week.
But Perkins feels that setback could end up being a blessing in disguise in the long term.
“After the way we chucked away three points against Sheffield United, it was great to get back to winning ways with three points against Chesterfield,” he recognised.
“I was thought we were always pretty comfortable on Saturday – even when they got a goal back towards the end.
“We learned from our mistakes on Tuesday night, we stayed pretty solid and we deserved the win.
“As learn as you learn your lessons, they can become good experience for the future.
“If you don’t learn the lessons, then it’s more of a waste of time.
“We had chance to put those lessons into practice, and we’re doing well just now.”