Whelan confident of staying up

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DAVE Whelan remains confident there is enough quality and fight in the Wigan Athletic squad to get the club out of its current trouble.

Latics have just 16 games to save themselves after slumping to a third defeat on the spin at fellow strugglers QPR.

They are now four points adrift of fourth-bottom Bolton who, along with Blackburn, are showing signs of recovery after a poor start.

Latics next face a tough trip to Tottenham next Tuesday ahead of a two-month block of games – all winnable – that will make or break their campaign.

And Whelan, who has been there and done it all during his time as a player and now chairman, insists that all is not lost.

“It’s going to be difficult, very difficult, but it can be done,” Whelan told the Observer.

“There’s no doubt we’re up against it. Big style.

“We have a got a very tough job on our hands to stay up.

“But we can still do it – of that there’s no doubt.

“There was a time last year when we faced a similar situation and we got out of it.

“In fact, there’s only been a couple of years we haven’t had to fight our way of trouble so, in that respect, it’s nothing new. When you’re in the Premier League, you accept it will be tough – but it’s wonderful being in there and fighting.”