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21 April 2015

Skipper says Latics are sticking to Gary Caldwell’s brief of winning their final three games.

  • James Perch looks back on the weekend’s win against Brighton.
  • Captain happy with start to three must-win fixtures.
  • Perch praises Tim Chow impact and attitude.
Latics head into the final two fixtures of the Sky Bet Championship knowing that they need to repeat the winning feeling from Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion if they’re to give themselves a chance of surviving in the division, and captain James Perch says the squad are sticking to the brief given by manager Gary Caldwell.

Speaking after the weekend’s victory, Perch said:

“After the disappointment of Millwall we knew every game became a must win no matter what happens around us.

“We’ve got to put everything that’s happening around us to one side, a lot of things could change from now until the end of the season with certain situations, but our brief from the gaffer is to win the last three games and on Saturday we started that off in the perfect way.

“Whilst we’ve still got a chance we’ve just got to keep winning, we ticked one off on Saturday and we’re onto the next one against Wolves this weekend.

“They’ll not want to come here with the way the gaffer has changed our style of play and the resilience the group showed against Brighton.”

Latics’ survival hopes were dealt a big blow in the 2-0 defeat away to Millwall, but Perch continued, saying he and the squad were delighted with the reaction at the DW Stadium.

“We knew before the weekend how much we had to win the game, and looking back on it we’re all happy with how we reacted when Brighton equalised.

“It wasn’t the prettiest winning goal you’ll ever see, but I think it summed up our desire to score at all costs.

“The ball definitely hadn’t crossed the line and amongst a frenzy like that in the box I had to make sure of it.”

Praising the impact of the substitutes, Perch added:

“Marco did really well to assist the goal because he had a lot to do before he could get it into the box, the defender was trying to send him out of play, but Marco’s quality showed through.

“All of the subs did well, Billy (Mckay) disrupted their defence in the time he had and even though the fans haven’t seen much of Billy, it’s easy to see the qualities he brings.

“I think the subs made the impact and got us over the line.  Boycey came on as we re-shuffled and they gave us the chance to freshen things up in the middle.”

Another man making an impact on Saturday afternoon was midfielder Tim Chow, starting a competitive fixture for the first time and making a goal scoring home debut.

“Fair play to Tim,” Perch added.

“What a credit to his work rate and desire to play in the first team, because it couldn’t have been easy for him to get the news a few weeks ago that he wouldn’t be kept on.

“There’s nothing better than coming through at your local side and playing.  Nobody wants to get released and Tim would have been devastated, but he’s earned himself another life so to speak and to play for his local side that he’s been with for 10 years must have been brilliant.

“I know that feeling myself with Nottingham Forest and there’s no better feeling.  It’s something that sticks with players forever and I have great memories of my debut there, which is something I’m sure Tim will always remember about Wigan Athletic.”

Perch continued:

“A lot of credit has to go to the gaffer for believing in Tim.  He’s worked with him for a number of years and obviously saw something in him.

“To put him into the team above midfielders that we’ve already got is brave in a game that we had to win and Tim has more than repaid him by scoring the goal, but more importantly in his overall performance.

“In the celebration I said to him go and high five the gaffer, but it think Tim already knew that, he ran himself into the ground for the gaffer and for the club.”

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