Scott’s praise for the so solid crew

Wigan's Scott Carson in action against Derby
Wigan's Scott Carson in action against Derby

SCOTT Carson admits defence has been the best form of attack for Wigan Athletic in recent weeks.

Latics will be hoping to build on last weekend’s 2-1 win at Derby when they entertain Fulham tomorrow.

The victory at the iPro Stadium may have been their first win in nine, but it also extended their unbeaten sequence to five matches coming after four successive draws.

“We’ve probably been drawing a few too many games and we need to try and translate some of them draws into wins,” Carson (pictured)told the Evening Post.

“It was a big relief to get back to winning ways.

“It’s been a difficult few weeks and it definitely had been coming. But this is a tough league, we’ve said that all along.”

Despite Wigan’s indifferent form, Carson and his defence have been tough nuts to crack – especially at the DW Stadium.

Fulham will be looking to become only the second away team to score at the DW in the last seven matches, a record Carson is rightly proud of.

“It’s important to get the clean sheets, because no matter how bad you’ve played you’re going to get at least a point,” he acknowledged.

“It’s not as high-profile as scoring a goal, but goalkeepers and defenders pride ourselves on keeping the opposition blank.

“Just before kick-off we get into the huddle and underline the importance of keeping a clean sheet, and we do that as a team – not just the defence.

“On the whole I feel we’ve defended well as a team recently, and I include Saturday in that even though we conceded one. That’s got to be the goal from now, to keep it tight at the back and build from there.”

Wigan’s defensive solidity has been even more impressive, given the regular changes in personnel at the back, caused by injuries to, among others, skipper Emmerson Boyce and Ivan Ramis.

A new addition has been old boy Maynor Figueroa, who has settled in to his former surroundings like a duck to water following his loan move from Hull.

“Everyone is pretty easy to play with, no matter who’s come in. We all speak the language, we all know what we’re trying to do and that can only help,” said the keeper.