Midfielder looking for immediate reaction from Latics when they head to Villa Park.
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Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power feels his side can play without any pressure in their next two matches when they travel to Aston Villa on Saturday and then host Newcastle United a week on Wednesday.
Power, 23, knows his side will have to be at their best to get anything from the matches with the Villans and the Magpies, but feels they may be good games for Warren Joyce’s side to have.
“They are probably good games for us to go into because nobody is giving us a chance and in many ways they are no pressure games for us,” Power explained.
“We will be doing everything we can to take the points but, from an outsider looking in, nobody will give us a chance going there so we can go there, roll our sleeves up and have a real good go at them.
“Derby, for example, are one of the so-called bigger-hitters in the league and we have matched them, but for one set-piece where we switch off and get punished and that is what happens at this level.
“I have been to Villa Park in the past as a supporter; it is an unbelievable stadium – one of the great British stadiums and a massive club in England.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s defeat to Derby County, Power added:
“There is a big sense of disappointment afterwards; we’re disappointed because we lost the game of course but I think anyone watching the game could see how well we played.
“We can take a lot of heart from the performance; we have worked really hard, we got a great result on Monday night against Huddersfield and we were looking to build on that against Derby but it wasn’t the case, unfortunately.
“There were plenty of positives and it is down to us now to recover well and get ready for Aston Villa.”
Power forced former Latics goalkeeper Scott Carson into a first-half save before beating the goalkeeper in the second-half only to see his header come back off the crossbar.
And the midfielder felt his effort was a prime example of the way things are going at the DW Stadium for his side.
“It was a great ball in from Stevie and I think I timed the run well,” he said. “If you’re in the top six and pushing for promotion they bounce down and go in but unfortunately when you’re down at the bottom and fighting for points they seem to bounce away and that’s just the way it is at the moment.”
Easier said than done, but Power knows Latics need to start building on results they achieve and putting winning sequences together to drag themselves away from trouble.
“Back-to-back wins is what we need; you see Nottingham Forest who were struggling and have just strung three wins together and they’re now not far off the play-offs and that shows how quickly it can change.
“I look at Barnsley last season when we played them in December in League One, they were in the bottom two and went on a run and ended up getting promoted out of the league.
"There are still a lot of games to play but I am a realist and I understand that we need to start picking up points quickly.”