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27 April 2014

James Perch expects response from Latics after Blackpool defeat.

James Perch says Latics have to be ruthless if they are to secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs at Birmingham City on Tuesday evening.

Latics need a win from their final two games to guarantee their place in the top six whilst Lee Clark’s Blues will need an upturn in fortunes if they are to stay in the division after their home defeat to Leeds United on Saturday saw them drop into the relegation zone.

And Perch says Latics must take advantage of Birmingham’s alarming slide at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday.

“Birmingham lost at the weekend and they’ll be low on confidence but they’ll have fight and spirit similarly to Blackpool and we've got to conquer that and be ruthless to Birmingham,” Perch explained.

“Their home form isn’t great, its 90 minutes and stats etc. don’t really matter on the night; it’s about what we can do on Tuesday and it’s not nice to say but we’ve got to try and bury Birmingham and secure our own play-off place.”

Perch featured once again on Saturday as Latics rued missed first-half chances on a difficult afternoon at the DW Stadium as Blackpool came away 2-0 winners, keeping their own survival bid alive.

And Perch feels the game with the Seasiders proved perfect preparation for Tuesday’s clash with the Blues, adding that the first goal will be important, a lesson learnt from Saturday’s defeat.

“I just think not scoring the first goal proved to be vital, especially in a game where Blackpool were scrapping for the lives,” he added.

“I think if we got the first goal they’d have been dead and buried - it just didn’t happen for us on the day.

“We didn’t capitalise on the couple of chances we had in the first-half and then they got their tails up and sensed they could get something out of the game and fair play to them.

“Our focus is on Tuesday, if we get the three points there we secure the play-off place and we always knew we’d need the three points to secure that spot so Blackpool is one game chalked off and we have to go again against Birmingham.”

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