Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson has urged his players not to feel sorry themselves and come out fighting against Wigan Athletic this weekend.
The Wanderers players didn’t receive their November wages on time, with the club’s well-documented cash-flow problems seemingly having no end in sight.
Parkinson, though, says his side – mired in the bottom three of the Championship – can’t take any baggage out on to the field with them.
“We can’t run around with a sign on our back saying: ‘We didn’t get paid yesterday’,” he said.
“In years to come and when people look at this game they will look at the scoreline – they won’t care that Bolton had a few problems a couple of days earlier.
“We have to make sure for ourselves, our supporters and our families that we play at our very best to get a result.”
That will be easier said than done, with Latics bang in form after hammering Blackburn 3-1 in midweek.
“I thought Wigan were very good,” Parkinson recognised.
“Blackburn looked like they’d had the stuffing knocked out of them in the defeat to Preston last weekend, and Wigan capitalised.”
Parkinson and his side will at least be heartened by Wigan’s wretched form on the road, which has brought them only one win – and NINE defeats – from their 10 away games in all competitions.
“It’s about stepping up to the plate, for us, not relying on someone else to produce,” added the Bolton manager.
“The person who gets the winning goal for us would be remembered for years, I’d imagine.
“One, because of the recent run, and two, because of the magnitude of a derby game.
“Go and be spoke about in three or four years’ time.
“Be that person who can walk into the town centre and have people say: ‘Remember that game against Wigan when we were on that poor run?’
“It’s there for them.”