We can win dirty: Harry

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

HARRY Maguire insists Wigan Athletic will do whatever it takes to keep their survival bid on track.

Latics dodged a massive bullet at the weekend as they just about overcame Brighton 2-1 at the DW thanks to James Perch’s 81st-minute winner.

Hopefully we gave them a little something to cheer about at the weekend and we’re aiming to do the same again against Wolves on Saturday

Harry Maguire

As well as ending an eight-month wait for a home win, Latics kept themselves on the coat-tails of fourth-bottom Rotherham.

The gap to the Millers, who are facing a possible points deduction, is now just five with two matches to play.

And the on-loan Hull centre-back insists Latics are determined to complete the job in their last final two games – Saturday’s visit of Wolves and the final-day trip to Brentford.

“It’s the stage of the season where you’re not bothered about performances any more,” Maguire told the Evening Post.

“Obviously you’d like to play well and win, but it’s all about the result now.

“We just want to take it to the last game, and be able to go to Brentford still with a chance of getting out of it.

“It’ll be tough against Wolves but, with the belief we’ve got in the squad under the new gaffer and the new style of play, it’s all looking positive at the moment.”

It wasn’t always convincing against Brighton, but Latics dug deep and were rewarded with Perch’s timely winner.

“The main aim was to get the three points, and we managed to do that,” Maguire said.

“We’ve played a lot better in recent weeks and come away with nothing, so it was nice for it to go our way for a change.

“Credit to the lads we fought hard, it wasn’t the best performance of the season by any means. But we got two good goals from open play and the result that we wanted.”

Maguire also says Latics will be able to enjoy Saturday’s final home game of the campaign having ended their ‘terrible’ 18-game winless sequence on home soil.

“Obviously it’s great for the gaffer to get off the mark with a home win, to break the hoodoo,” he added.

“To go eight months without a home win is terrible, and fair play to the fans for sticking with us.

“Hopefully we gave them a little something to cheer about at the weekend and we’re aiming to do the same again against Wolves on Saturday.”

Meanwhile Wigan’s allocation of tickets for the final game of the season at Brentford on Saturday, May 2 is on general sale.

Tickets are priced £25 adults, £19 OAPs, £17 students and £7 Under-18s, and will remain on sale until Friday morning.