Why Wigan Athletic are 'a different team' from a fortnight ago, according to defender

Curtis Tilt has revealed a post-mortem following the recent beating by Hull has led to a 'change in mentality' that will hopefully keep Wigan Athletic in League One.
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The Latics side that outplayed League One leaders Peterborough on Saturday - only to fall to an agonising, and undeserved, late defeat - was totally unrecognisable from the side which was lucky to lose by only 5-0 to the Tigers on February 17.

Since then, Latics have narrowly lost by the odd goal in three to both Posh and Lincoln - who were also league leaders at the time - as well as beating relegation rivals Bristol Rovers by the same score.

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And lying just a point adrift of safety with 15 matches remaining, Tilt insists the belief in the camp that they can stay up is massive.

"You can see that the mentality has changed in the dressing room, and everyone is at each other in a positive way," he said.

"We’re trying to make each other better, and get this club where it needs to be.

“When we lost to Hull we had a big meeting, and everyone was honest with each other.

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"We’ve come together collectively and we’re trying to push in the right direction now and start putting points on the board.

"If you look back two weeks ago, we’re much better as a team now.

"We’re fighting for each other and you can see that.

"We’re putting positive performances together, but we have to start turning them into positive results and get the points on the table."

Saturday's setback at Peterborough was particularly tough to take, given Thelo Aasgaard's wonder-goal direct from a corner had looked like delivering all three points, only for a late swing to see Latics leave with nothing.

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"We’re disappointed and the lads were down in the changing room, but we have to pick ourselves up and go again," acknowledged Tilt.

“I thought we controlled the game quite well but, being brutally honest, we need to start putting points on the board and get out of the relegation zone and start kicking on.

“We’re playing well, but we just need a bit of luck on our side and the results will come.

“We’re fighting every day in training and trying different things."

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