Taylor-made for survival assault

Wigan's Andrew Taylor
Wigan's Andrew Taylor

ANDREW Taylor believes Wigan Athletic laid a solid platform in the draw against Blackburn to attack the rest of the campaign.

Last weekend’s 1-1 draw was the first time Latics had come from behind to pick up points since Malky Mackay took over in November.

And Taylor wants more of the same fight tomorrow when fellow strugglers Huddersfield visit the DW.

“To come back from a goal down showed the fight we have in the squad,” Taylor told the Evening Post.

“We could have let our heads drop and the crowd could have become quiet, but that didn’t happen and we managed to pull ourselves back into it.

“It’s a good platform for us to take into the rest of the season.

“It’s the first time we’ve come back to get something and it’s definitely something we can build on.”

Taylor acknowledges tomorrow’s game is as big as they come for Latics in their situation.

“A win for us would draw them back in it, which would obviously be a good thing,” he recognised.

“They’re just above us in the table and the more teams we can involve the better.

“We’re in for a battle between now and the end of the season, and it’s about sticking together and digging in.”

It remains to be seen whether Latics will keep faith with a flat back four, after switching from a five-man backline following the defeat at Birmingham.

“In an ideal world you’d like to be playing the same system every week,” Taylor said.

“But that’s the gaffer’s call, he makes those decisions, he chooses the tactics and you have to be ready to adapt to whatever system you play.

“As a back four I thought we handled what Blackburn threw at us quite well and we can only get better the more we play together as a unit.”

Meanwhile, West Brom boss Tony Pulis admits he has other targets in mind besides Callum McManaman.

Latics have turned down two bids for the 23-year-old, the latest over the £4m mark.

“We’ve an interest in McManaman along with one or two others,” admitted Pulis.

“It’s got to be right for everybody. Both clubs have got to agree.

It’s got to be right for the player as well. If it’s not McManaman we’ve got other irons in the fire.

“Like a lot of things, you’d love things to drop into place straight away. But it’s often not that way.”