Title still in Wigan Athletic's hands - Colclough

Winger Ryan Colclough insists it's still firmly advantage Wigan Athletic heading into the final two games that will decide the destination of the League One title.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 1:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 1:11 pm
Ryan Colclough celebrates scoring at Bristol Rovers

Colclough’s late equaliser in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers ensured Latics remain a point clear of second-placed Blackburn, who were securing their own automatic promotion with a 1-0 win at Doncaster.

The third-tier trophy will be heading to the DW Stadium for the second time in three seasons if Latics equal or better Blackburn’s results in the last two games.

Latics are at home to Wimbledon and away to Doncaster, while Rovers travel to play-off chasing Charlton before hosting Oxford.

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And Colclough says no-one in the Latics camp would swap positions if it were offered.

“The ball’s still in our court as far as the title is concerned,” Colclough said.

“As long as we don’t have any more slip-ups then we’ll be fine.

“Saturday’s a great opportunity to thank the home fans for all their efforts over the course of the season.

“If we get the win and Blackburn slip-up at Charlton, it would give us the league and another chance to celebrate.”

Colclough will be hoping for a start after his introduction off the bench in the second helped tip the balance back towards Latics.

First he created an opportunity that saw fellow substitute Devante Cole wrongly have a leveller chalked off for offside.

Then, moments later, the ex-Crewe man found the net himself to end a long, barren run in front of goal.

“It’s been a long time coming but it was a good feeling to get back on the scoresheet,” he added.

“More importantly it secured us a point, and every single point is vital in the run-in.

“We don’t just want to be promoted, we want to go on and win the league.”

Hopefully the conditions this weekend will be more palatable than in Bristol, when the howling wind and non-stop rain prevented Latics showing anywhere near their best.

“Watching from the side you can get a good angle on the game,” acknowledged Colclough.

“But being out there on the pitch you obviously get a better perspective of what’s going on.

“The weather was blowing a gale, it was throwing it down with rain, which didn’t help us.

“But we dug in for the point and I think that was a fair result.”