Rest will do us good ahead of final push, says Wigan Athletic ace

Funso Ojo admits Wigan Athletic are ready for a week without a game ahead of the last two fixtures that will decide their fate.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 9:03 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th April 2021, 11:56 am
Funso Ojo sees a shot blocked

Latics maintained their four-point buffer to the League One relegation zone after drawing 1-1 with Burton at the DW on Saturday.

Third-bottom Rochdale can cut that gap to two points if they win their game in hand on Tuesday night at Wimbledon, who are one place and one point above Latics.

But Leam Richardson's men have their fate in their own hands ahead of next Saturday's trip to already-promoted Hull, before the season-closing visit of already-relegated Swindon the following weekend.

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And Ojo says the rare luxury of a week 'off' will allow them to rest weary legs in readiness to come out figuring for the last two crunches.

“We’ve got a lot of lads who have had a lot of minutes in their legs," he said.

"A lot of the lads who came in haven’t really played in the first half of the season, and came in and played a lot of minutes and covered a lot of ground.

‘We need to rest up, get back together, stay positive like we have been, and work towards Hull, and stay on the good run."

Latics had to recover from the blow of falling behind early against Burton, with Joe Powell curling a beautiful free-kick into the top corner.

Will Keane headed home Lee Evans' corner to equalise before half-time, but Latics were unable to find the killer second goal that would have all-but secured their safety.

“It was a very scrappy League One game from the start," Ojo added. “They started well in the first 15-20 minutes.

"They scored a great free-kick, but I think we recovered well, and went into half-time with the score at 1-1.

"Overall we wanted to get the three points, but you need to look at the bigger picture, and it’s another point.

“It’s a draw, we’re on a very good run, compared to when I came in at the end of January, and we will take it."

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