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.”