Your team needs you

Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson
Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson

LATICS Chief executive Jonathan Jackson has issued a simple message to all Wigan Athletic fans ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Everton: Your team needs you.

Latics host the in-form Toffees having slipped back into the Premier League bottom three on goal difference, with just four matches to save themselves from the dreaded drop.

Jackson admits support from the stands could make all the difference on Saturday, with the margin for error so tight this year.

“I am excited, nervous, but also extremely positive we can get the results we need to stay up,” he told the Evening Post.

“It’s been a tough league this year with no bad teams, and it’s a case of fighting to the death and trying to pick up as many points as we possibly can.

“You’d have thought that a point a game would have been enough to stay up, but it’s not turned out that way.”

Latics have slashed prices for their two remaining home games (with West Ham to follow on May 15) to £30 for both games, and Jackson hopes it will ensure the kind of support that inspired the recent win at Blackpool.

“We took over 2,000 fans to Bloomfield Road, and it lifted the players – you could see that from the first minute,” he acknowledged.

“They were all talking about it before they went out, and it makes a huge difference in a tight game.

“It would be wonderful to have another bumper Wigan crowd backing us on Saturday, and we’ve done everything we can to make that happen.”

Despite the precarious league position, Jackson insists the camp could not be any more united heading into the final month.

“I speak to Roberto Martinez regularly and his positivity is infectious,” Jackson added.

“It’s important that no-one panics, and no anxiety is passed down to the players.

“Of course we need them to be fired up to fight for our survival, but we also need them to be relaxed enough to enjoy their football.”