Skipper Sam Morsy insists there’s ‘a lot more to come’ from the side once Wigan Athletic’s walking wounded return.
Latics have been doing it tough in recent weeks, with Nick Powell, Gavin Massey, Michael Jacobs, Chey Dunkley and Antonee Robinson unavailable for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Derby.
However, Latics remain seven points above the drop zone heading into the festive period, and Morsy says this fact shouldn’t be understated.
“You look at the injuries we’ve had to starting XI players and it’ll be the most in the league without a doubt,” he said.
“We’ve had injuries in pretty much every position, it’s been horrendous.
“You get unlucky like that sometimes because the medical staff do a great job at this club.
“On the flip side of that we’ll end up in a situation when everyone’s fit and firing.
“We’re doing well despite the injuries, but we still feel like there is a lot more to come from this team.
“It’s a great squad, we’re getting players back now and we know what we can do.”
Latics were perhaps unfortunate to lose to Derby, having played for 75 minutes a man down following the sending-off of Kal Naismith.
Jack Marriott scored the only goal five minutes later, but the home side managed to stem the bleeding and if anything looked the more likely scorers after the break.
“Once we steadied ourselves we controlled the game,” insisted Morsy. “Credit to the lads for the performance in the second half.
“We wanted to have a go at them in the second half, that’s the way the manager plays.
“They scored a good goal to be fair to them and Marriott is a quality player.
“We had a go at them after that, we stayed strong and they didn’t have any chances.
“Once we changed the midfield around a little bit, and the manager told me to get higher up the pitch and play.
“I enjoyed it and we had a couple of good chances.
“The lads worked so hard today and we were the better team even with 10 men, which is credit to everyone out there.”