Defender reflects on Brentford draw and first league start and looks forward to Millwall clash.
- We need to meet high standards
- It’s about taking our chances – draws aren’t good enough
- Not about looking back, let’s look forward
Latics defender James Tavernier has urged his teammates to re-find the high standards set in the Wigan Athletic dressing room as Uwe Rosler’s side look to end a seven-game winless run when Millwall visit the DW Stadium on Tuesday.
Tavernier, who made his first Sky Bet Championship start for Wigan Athletic in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Brentford , said Latics have to start taking their chances to help them win more games and add a more substantial tally to their points total.
“If we’d took our chances we’d have won the game [against Brentford],” Tavernier said. “It’s great getting a clean sheet but we still have to be clinical when we get into the final third and create more chances.
“Unfortunately against Brentford we didn’t put it in the back of the net and that’s disappointing against the gaffer’s old team because we wanted to win for the gaffer.
“A draw is not good enough, we set high standards in the team and we need to start winning games.
“I thought first-half we weren’t really at it but second-half we came out better and we’re just really disappointed we can’t put it in the back of the net at the minute.”
Tavernier replaced the previously ever-present James Perch for the draw with the Bees and the former Newcastle United man is pleased to be in competition with his current and former teammate.
“It’s great to come in and get my first 90 minutes and first league start for Wigan Athletic,” he added. “I’ve just been working hard and now it’s a case of trying to keep my place in the team and hopefully we can get better results now.
“When you get a chance it’s about taking it and the gaffer said when I first came in that there would be competition and that makes you a better player.
“You don’t want to be steady in your position; you need a challenge and obviously it’s great to learn off Perchy because he’s a well experienced player having played in the Premier League.”
And Tavernier says the players aren’t hiding from the fact they simply need to start winning games, starting with Tuesday’s visit of the Lions.
“100% it’s needed, we’ve got high standards and we want to get maximum points from our next three games and push up the league.
“If we can get a win on Tuesday it would be great; we need to be pushing up the league now.
“We’ll not look backwards; we’ll look forwards to Tuesday night.”