Midfielder says results are the priority at this stage of the season ahead of trip to former club Colchester United.
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- Midfielder “enjoyed” Colchester stay.
Sat in the pole positions for a return to the Championship with Burton Albion, Latics travel to Perkins’ former club Colchester United on Saturday – the division’s basement side.
And, although Latics always look for positivity in their performance naturally, Perkins admits that at this stage of the campaign the result at the end of the 90 minutes is what matters.
“You want to play well and you want the performances to be good but I think ultimately it is about results now with 11 games left and us requiring a certain amount of wins to get promoted,” Perkins explained.
“We’ll look to win Saturday, chalk that one off, and then you look at the next game and keep going in that direction.
“I think we have to dig in now but I don’t think that is something we should be worried about because when we have needed to go and get results before this season – I look at games like Barnsley and Fleetwood away – we’ve come up with the goods. Fleetwood, in particularly, we didn’t play the best football but we came up with the goods.”
Perkins played for Colchester on over 90 occasions in all competitions, winning the club’s Player of the Year award for the 2010/11 campaign prior to moving to Barnsley.
And the 33-year-old only has positive reflections on his time in Essex, saying he is looking forward to catching up with the remaining staff members from his time at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
“I enjoyed it down there at Colchester,” he added. “It is a good club and when I was there they were looking to get promoted back to the Championship.
“Unfortunately it has gone the other way for them, but I have special memories from my time there; there are some good people there, it is a good place to live as well.
“I know the physios down there, some of the backroom staff and the press guys too so it will be nice to see them but we’re down there for three points and that’s ultimately what it is all about.
“My golf handicap came right down whilst I was there too because the weather was so nice!”
Colchester have struggled this season, shipping 81 goals in 35 Sky Bet League One games and have won just one of their last 21 league matches.
And Perkins acknowledged Latics are clear favourites for the game, though he says nothing but the utmost respect will be shown to Kevin Keen’s side and he hopes the 5-0 demolition of the U’s at the DW Stadium earlier in the season will have left a mental scar.
“I think we are favourites but they will feel at home they need to get a result if they are to get themselves out of the trouble they are in,” Perkins continued. “We’ll go down there and respect them but we are looking for three points and a good performance.
“I am a little bit surprised they are down at the bottom of the table because there has been some investment with the stadium and the training ground.
“The budget has probably reduced in recent years so it has been difficult for them. I am sad to see them down there and a little bit surprised as well but they have been through a lot of managers in recent times.”
“They’ll be fearful of us on the back of the game at the DW, that will have hurt them mentally and they’ll be worried about us and the firepower we possess.”
Perkins was informed that over 500 supporters will make the trip to Essex on Saturday and he immediately praised the club’s backing on the road this season.
A journey he has done many times, Perkins thinks it is a phenomenal effort from Latics’ fans.
“It’s a long trip; when I first moved down there I don’t think I realised how far it was!” he added. “We’ve got an unbelievable support at the moment, especially away from home, and we have turned a lot of away games into home games in terms of both numbers and noise made!
“I hear we’re taking over 500 to Colchester and that’s fantastic because I know all too well how long a journey it can be.”