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25 August 2016

Defender placing importance on DW Stadium form as Latics look to get back to winning ways when they host QPR on Saturday.

  • “We know how important our home form is,” says Warnock.
  • Experienced defender expects strong organisation from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side.
  • Former England international says dressing room confident of adding to points tally this weekend against QPR.
Wigan Athletic defender Stephen Warnock says Latics’ form at the DW Stadium is going to be crucial as they look to add to their points tally before the first international break of the campaign when they host QPR on Saturday.

The 34-year-old has been an integral part of Latics’ side since he joined the club, initially on loan, from Derby County in March.

In that time, and in fact in the calendar year, Gary Caldwell’s side have lost just once on their own patch - against Barnsley on the final day of last season – and Warnock believes form in Wigan can be a recipe for success.

“We really want to keep our good home form going,” Warnock said. “We spoke about how important our results at the DW Stadium could be to our season because it’s the place where we’re confident we can pick up points and use as momentum to improve our away form.”

Last weekend Latics lost 4-3 at Nottingham Forest, conceding a stoppage time goal after equalising in the game on three occasions.

And Warnock admits Latics are trying to find the right balance so as they maintain their goal-scoring form but become more secure in defence.

“There’s a fine balance to find; in pre-season we shut up shop completely and weren’t conceding goals but equally we weren’t scoring many,” he explained.

“We’ve tried to be more open and expansive and it’s probably cost us a little bit. However, we have to admit there have been a few individual errors and we have to hold our hands up and say that individually we’ve not been good enough as defenders. I think, though, collectively as a team we need to get better and we’ll be working on that all the time.

“We’re still in high spirits; it’s tinged with disappointment that we haven’t got more points on the board and we know we’re capable of winning more games than we have done.

“We’re a confident bunch, though, and we believe in what we are doing.”

On QPR, Warnock expects a well-structured side to arrive at the DW, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink proving his tactical astuteness during his time with Burton Albion and also with the Rs.

“I expect them to be a very well organised team,” Warnock added. “I think if you look at Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s teams, he’s got them well-drilled.

“They’re very strong, but we’re more than capable of causing them problems.”

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