Scott Carson discusses the international break and looks back on Latics’ 2-2 draw with Wolves.Two weeks separate Wigan Athletic’s 2-2 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux from the next fixture at home to Brentford, a period of time in which Scott Carson says the team can rectify the mistakes made following the last international fixtures.
Speaking about the draw at the weekend, Carson believes the two recent results against top sides will go a long way to building confidence over these two weeks.
“We’ve shown a lot of character and fight in the last two games,” said the 29-year-old.
“There have been too many games this season when we’ve conceded a goal and made it feel like it’s the end of the world and we’ve folded, but against Wolves we came from 1-0 down and showed the belief we have as a team.
“We knew Wolves would come at us in the second half and we couldn’t hold on for the win, but it’s a massive improvement from what we’ve seen recently.
“That’s two games now we’re unbeaten and it allows us to keep building after the international fixtures.”
“It’s frustrating that we’ve got an international break before our next two games against Brentford and Millwall.
“It happened last time after we won 4-0 against Birmingham and it knocked our momentum.
“Looking back it was as though we thought we could walk into games and didn’t have to play at our best to win, but everybody knows now just how much of a battle the Championship is and we know we’re going to have to work very hard from now on.
“We won against Blackpool and Birmingham, we thought it would be easy to just turn up and win the next one against Blackburn.
“That’s never the case though, it will be different this time, we’ve learned from our mistakes and we’ll be ready.”
Despite admitting this period with a fixture will be frustrating, Carson said it will be a chance to get things in order for the back-to-back home games against Brentford and Millwall.
“We’ve now got time to re-group and get some hard work done on the training ground.
“When you’re playing Saturday and Tuesday it’s not always as easy for the manager to get things across tactically, but this period now gives us the chance to work together and it might be just what we need.
“There is a long way to go in the season. Once everybody has got the confidence in their performances then we’ll be a totally different team and I think that is starting to happen now.”