We have ‘great platform’ – Ali

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi
Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi

ALI Al Habsi believes back-to-back victories have given Wigan Athletic ‘a great platform’ to attack their daunting next three fixtures.

Latics have given themselves a great chance of beating the drop by seeing off Liverpool and Stoke in the last two games.

They remain in 19th spot, but are now just one point from safety and only five points behind sixth-from-bottom Aston Villa.

The recent upturn in results – Latics have lost only one of their last eight matches – means they are still in contention ahead of the forthcoming trips to Chelsea and Arsenal, which sandwich the visit of champions Manchester United.

But Al Habsi insists Latics fear no-one at the moment, having finally rediscovered their best form.

“We have been playing well for several weeks now and it’s great that we are finally getting the results that we deserve,” he told the Evening Post.

“That makes it six points from the last two games and it gives us a great platform ahead of the next three games, which we all know will be tough.

“Two of the games are away and the home game is only against Manchester United! But that’s what the Premier League is all about, and we have to rise to the occasion – which we are more than capable of doing.”

Al Habsi was a virtual spectator during Wigan’s most recent victory, Stoke hardly having a shot on goal during a completely one-sided 90 minutes.

And the Oman No.1, so often his side’s busiest worker this term, admits he was happy with what he saw.

“It was a brilliant performance from everyone – the players and the supporters,” he added.

“The fans never stopped pushing us forward and it was nice that the players could respond by getting us over the line at the end.

“Everyone is behind us and that’s so important at this stage of the campaign.

“It was important for us to back up the result at Liverpool and we managed to do that.

“The confidence generated from these last two wins is just massive.

“Liverpool away and Stoke at home are not easy games – they are two big, big teams in this division.

“But back-to-back wins gives us a great boost ahead of some tough challenges ahead.”