Mackay wants resilience from Latics and hardworking attitude over the Christmas period.
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- Hard work will continue over Christmas, the players know what they need to do.
- Saturday will be a special occasion to honour 100-year anniversary of First World War.
“We want resilience this weekend against Rotherham,” said Mackay.
“They’re another team attempting to come back strong after a less than desirable run of results.
“Steve Evans has done really well at the club, getting Rotherham promoted was a good achievement and they’re making a good fist of it in the Championship.”
Latics come into the game at the DW Stadium on Saturday following a tough defeat to Watford last weekend, something the manager admitted was hard to take.
“We’ll be looking to do everything we can to get the three points, especially in front of our home fans.
“I thought we were really unfortunate over at Vicarage Road last Saturday. Watford are one of the top teams, and along with Norwich City and Middlesbrough they’re up there fighting for promotion.
“It’s been a tough start for us, but at the same time last week at Watford we gave a really good account of ourselves and we were unlucky to come away with the defeat.”
“I want the same attitude and application from the players at the DW on Saturday against Rotherham, and that way we’ll be able to pick up all three points.
“They’re working hard and some of the lads are putting in some good performances. If we keep playing like we did against Watford then the points will come.”
“Martyn Waghorn is still a couple of weeks away, he’s just started to come back into training, but he’s got a little shoulder issue at the moment that will keep him out a little bit longer.
“We’ve got a couple with sniffs and colds at the moment, but that’s going around everywhere right now and a couple of staff at the training ground have been like that as well.
“Shaun Maloney has improved a lot since his illness a few weeks ago, and we’re hoping to welcome Oriol Riera back into the squad as well after he picked up an ankle knock.”
Saturday’s game against Rotherham will also mark a special commemorative day in which the club, in association with Wigan Council, the Rotary Club of Wigan and the Veterans’ Association, will pay respect to the 100-year anniversary of the First World War and the ‘Christmas Truce’.
Mackay shared his thoughts on the occasion:
“It’s important that we recognise this 100-year anniversary of the First World War and it’s important that we respect the troops that fight for our country.
“It’s important that we honour them, and Saturday is going to make for a very special occasion with all of the activities the club and Wigan Council have organised.
“We hope it’s going to be a good atmosphere and the events surrounding the day will certainly play a part towards that.
“When the Christmas Truce is mentioned, everyone has a different vision in their heads of what it must have been like at the time.
“There have been plenty of ideas of what it might have looked like as soldiers climbed out of the trenches into no man’s land to play football.
“It’s quite incredible when you think about it that games of football broke out, and it shows just how powerful a tool sport can be during conflict and terrible circumstances.”
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