Wigan Athletic 'up for the fight', insists defensive rock

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Jack Whatmough is expecting a 'real fight' at Cardiff this weekend - and insists Wigan Athletic will 'stand up to the challenge'.

It promises to be a real six-pointer in South Wales as rock-bottom Latics aim to clip the wings of the Bluebirds, who stand four points and four places above them.

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And Whatmough has pledged Latics will be on the front foot from the off with their Championship status at risk.

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Jack Whatmough is ready for a 'fight' this weekend at CardiffJack Whatmough is ready for a 'fight' this weekend at Cardiff
Jack Whatmough is ready for a 'fight' this weekend at Cardiff

“It’s going to be a real fight, and we need points to stay in this division," he said. “And they are in the exact same position as us.

"So I think it’s going to be a tight contest, and one we can hopefully come out on top.

“In the changing room, there is a collective feeling that we want to fight and keep this club in the division.

"There is no-one who will take a backwards step, and we will all stand up to the challenge.

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“We’ve got a lot of quality in our changing room, and we have a lot of players who can get us out of this situation on our own.

"As a group, we will all come together to make sure we come out of the right side (of the season).”

Despite having lost their previous four league games - the last three by 4-1 - confidence levels were raised by a spirited showing in last weekend's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Luton.

"It was something to build on," Whatmough acknowledged. “We were better defensively, which is something I look at personally.

"There was a better feeling within the whole group, and it was a lot more like us.”