Al Habsi: No time to lick wounds

Wigan jumped from bottom to 17th with a win over Blackpool last
week, but they were brought crashing back down to earth by a 4-2
loss to the Black Cats, who went into last weekend’s game on the
back of a nine-match winless run. Roberto Martinez’s men have
arguably the easiest run-in of the five teams battling to avoid the
drop, and they are only in the relegation zone by virtue of goal
difference. Al Habsi has urged his team-mates to erase the defeat
from their minds and instead concentrate on avoiding relegation to
the npower Championship. “We’ve been fantastic in the last four
games, solid at the back and looking like a very good team, so we
can’t let the Sunderland result knock us,” the goalkeeper told
Wigan’s website. “There are some big characters in the dressing
room who’ll pick the team up; players who have been in this
situation before and know what is needed to pull through. “The
players were obviously down after the game, but we know there’s no
time to feel sorry for ourselves and we’ll get that out of our
system quickly. “The players, staff and fans will all be up for the
challenge and ready to get behind the team to make it happen.” Al
Habsi believes a win over Everton on Saturday, and a home victory
against West Ham two weeks later, should be enough to ensure the
club’s safety. “There is still a great chance for us to survive in
the Premier League and if we can pick up six points from our
remaining two home games it will go a long way to achieving that,”
he said. “Only goal difference is keeping us in there so we’ll
focus our attentions on Everton this weekend, a must win game, and
do everything in our power to collect the three points that will
put us in a better position.”