Perch: I won’t watch the Rotherham game

James Perch
James Perch

JAMES Perch admits he’ll be too scared to follow tonight’s clash between Rotherham and Reading – that could well confirm Wigan Athletic’s relegation to League One.

Latics know anything other than a Reading win at the AESSEAL New York Stadium will confirm their second relegation in three seasons.

We’re still hanging in there, and it’s still possible things could go our way

James Perch

Having started the campaign as one of the promotion favourites, Latics have endured a car-crash campaign where everything that could go wrong – on and off the field – has done.

And Perch admits to feeling powerless with Wigan’s fate no longer in their own hands.

“I won’t watch the Rotherham game, I’ll probably just watch the result come in at the end,” Perch told the Evening Post. “It would be terrible to watch the game, especially if Reading aren’t able to do us a favour.” That said, Perch says no-one at the DW Stadium will be giving up the ghost until it’s mathematically impossible for them to stay up.

If Reading were to pull off the win, Latics would also require Rotherham to lose at Leeds next weekend – and third-bottom Millwall fail to beat Wolves – while at the same time picking up three points themselves at promotion-chasing Brentford... a tall-order in anyone’s book.

“We’re still hanging in there, and it’s still possible things could go our way,” added Perch, who played in Saturday’s last home game of the season, a 1-0 loss to Wolves.

“If we could manage to get to the last day, there’s always a chance.

“I think we’re capable of going down to Brentford and getting a result, of course we are.”

Team-mate Harry Maguire is also not prepared to hand over the keys to the ‘Believe’ bus just yet. “We’ll have to see what happens at Rotherham, and hopefully Reading can do us a favour,” the on-loan Hull centre-back said.

“If that happens then it’s all to play and we’ve got to go to Brentford, who will also have a great deal to play for.

“We were given a great chance last week with Rotherham being deducted three points.

“But we huffed and puffed against Wolves and we didn’t manage to get our job done ourselves.”