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When the whistle blows on Saturday for kick off it will have been three weeks since the DW Stadium has seen Barclays Premier League football.
Wigan Athletic shot-stopper Ali Al Habsi is eager to get back in front of the home crowd and believes a positive result will be huge for the team and the fans.
“Everybody is looking forward for Saturday now because we’ve have recovered from last weekend which was difficult after coming back from the international games.
“We need to make the weekend big for everybody and secure that first home win of the season and push ourselves up the league table.
“We have to concentrate on each individual game and make sure that we get three points, especially at home.”
With the season now well underway and at a similar time to last season’s unfortunate run of form, Al Habsi said that this year things are completely different.
“We don’t need to concentrate on what happened last year because our situation has changed a lot.
“We have been in great form and the spirit at the Club is really high.
“Our first four games have been good ones and not to forget we have played two of the top teams in the Premier League.”
“The team is getting better and better each season and the confidence in the squad is making it stronger.
“The belief and confidence is clear in every area of the Club, right from the fans to the players on the pitch which should give us a big push towards what we want to achieve this season.
“The fans always make a difference to the performances at home and they have carried the momentum through from the end of last season.”
It isn’t just the fans that come through the turnstiles that Al Habsi believes are making a difference and he welcomed the support from his home country of Oman.
“In Oman Wigan Athletic is huge.
“Not just in Oman though because the Club is known all over the middle-east, in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and all of the countries really.
“There are thousands of people who follow all the games which is fantastic for the Club.
“I don’t have to tell them what is going on at Wigan Athletic because they follow everything so closely.
“Anything that the fans in Oman can see about the Club whether that be on the television or on the internet and Twitter they love it.”