Dan Burn is desperate for double derby delight from Wigan Athletic as they look to pick up where they left off against Blackburn at Bolton this weekend.
Having ensured bragging rights over Rovers – whom they pipped to the League One title last term – Latics are hoping to inflict similar misery on a Bolton side who are suffering both on and off the field of late.
And with Latics knowing an away win – which would make it seven points from a possible nine this week following the international break – could take them into the top 10, Burn is calling for no let-up in standards.
“We haven’t played Bolton for a few years because we seem to have kept switching leagues, but it’ll be a cracking game,” he told the Wigan Post.
“It’s about as local as it gets for us, and if we can replicate the Blackburn performance we’ll give ourselves a chance.
“A win would put the seal on a very successful week in all, and it shows how quickly things can change.
“People said we were on a bad run of four defeats before the international break, but three of those were against sides who went top of the table (Sheffield United, Leeds and Middlesbrough).
“You’re left with the Millwall game, which we probably should have won instead of losing, and it shows how things can get away from you.
“But we’re still having a fantastic season on the whole, and it’s important to remember that.
“A lot of people would have written us off at the start of the season but we’re on a nice little run and we’re enjoying proving people wrong.”
Despite missing several key players, Burn believes the squad strength at the DW Stadium was in evidence against Blackburn.
“I thought Vaughany was brilliant, I was buzzing for Cal Mac to come on and get on, Robbo scored a great goal...so it was a great night for scousers!” he laughed.
“All three have come in to the side and it shows the strength in depth we have.
“We’ve been unfortunate with injuries, but to still be competitive at this level is very pleasing.
“We’ve still got Griggy who didn’t even get on against Blackburn, so it’s looking bright.”