UWE Rosler insists Wigan Athletic are only “small margins” away from “stopping the rot”.
Latics have endured a dismal start to the campaign, picking up only one point – courtesy of a 94th-minute equaliser – from their three Championship games as well as being dumped out of the Capital One Cup at Burton.
Next up are fellow North-West strugglers Blackpool, who rock up to the DW on Saturday for a real Lancashire hotpot with both sides desperate for a first win.
Despite three defeats inside a week, the Wigan boss is adamant his side are heading in the right direction.
“I see a big improvement in the way we are playing,” Rosler recognised.
“We can’t lose confidence and belief, because the players know they are getting better and the squad is coming together.
“For example Andrew Taylor only played 90 minutes twice last season, and you see him getting stronger with each game.
“Ivan Ramis is getting stronger, Cardiff was probably his best game coming through the full 90 minutes.
“The three in midfield did tremendous, they really dominated the Cardiff midfield, they gave them massive problems.
“We got in to so many good positions on Tuesday – and in all three league games – but everybody knows we need to do something in the area of creating chances.
“We have players who are very good up front, but we need to bring in a bit more pace, a bit more directness and a bit more Championship experience to help us.”
Rosler remains on the hunt for at least two attacking players before the transfer window slams shut. However, his attempts to land Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw and a mystery striker – rumoured to be Stoke’s Cameron Jerome – are not moving as quickly as had been hoped.
“The problem is the market is more or less destroyed at the moment – not just in the Premier League but in the Championship too,” added Rosler.
“The figures some teams in this division has spent on strikers is something we just can’t compete with.
“It’s difficult to get in the kind of quality we need with the wage packets we can afford to pay out.
“We have a strong team and we are only lacking up front.
“We have known that for some time but it’s not easy – especially when you’re trying to run a football club in a responsible way like we are.
“For us, it’s tough because we have less income this year than last, and the year before that, and we have to adapt more and more to life in the Championship while pushing on to try to win promotion.
“When you are talking £11million for a Championship striker and £5million for a striker who hasn’t played above League One, it’s very difficult for a club like ours to compete. We are trying to find solutions, and we are working extremely hard. At the moment, though, lady luck is not on our side.”