MIKE Pollitt admits this weekend’s trip to Rotherham will be ‘a real humdinger’ for Wigan Athletic – and one they absolutely have to win.
Pollitt, Wigan’s goalkeeping coach, spent six years with the Millers before moving to the DW in 2005, and acknowledges his old club – nine points clear of Latics in fifth-bottom spot – will be tough nuts to crack on Saturday.
If we can win and other results go our way, it’s all open again – and we’ll fight all the way to make that happen
“It’ll be a real humdinger at the weekend,” Pollitt told the Evening Post. Hopefully we can go there and come away with the right result.
“Three points would keep us in touch at the bottom and that’s what we need to do.
“If ever there was a must-win game, this is it for us.
“In fairness we’ve been really good on the road in recent week, winning the last three away matches, so fingers crossed we can make it four.”
The 43-year-old admits the travelling army from Wigan – who were so influential in the recent away win at Blackpool – will have a big role to play on Saturday.
“You saw how the players responded at Blackpool and hopefully it’s the same again,” he added.
“We’ll take a big following up there and we’ll need them right behind us as they have been all season.
“It’s not over til it’s mathematically over, and we’re all aware of that.
“If we can win and other results go our way, it’s all open again – and we’ll fight all the way to make that happen.”
Latics suffered a setback at the weekend with a 1-0 home defeat to Leeds despite dominating much of the game.
“It was really disappointing to lose the game having created so many decent chances,” acknowledged Pollitt.
“I still can’t believe we didn’t get anything, but that’s the way it goes when you’re at the bottom.
“The pitch isn’t helping matters, but both teams have to play on it and our opponents seem to be finding a way.
“Maybe we are playing a bit too much football instead of doing what’s needed.”
Rotherham’s weekend win at Huddersfield has lifted some of the pressure on the Millers, but Pollitt insists there’s plenty of twists and turns ahead.
“The results at the weekend have really taken the pressure off them,” he recognised.
“They can probably afford to draw the game, but I can’t see them sitting back and playing for a point.
“We just need to go there and get the job done. It doesn’t matter how we get the win, we’ve just got to come away with the three points.”