Royals offer Latics best hope of survivalBy Nick Ive
April 25, 2008
Steve Coppell admits Wigan will be looking at tomorrow’s match as the perfect opportunity to secure their Premier League status.
The Latics are five points above the drop zone, but need another victory to end any fears they have of going down.
And with a trip to UEFA Cup-chasing Aston Villa and a home clash with champions-elect Manchester United to come, Wigan know that Reading will present them with their best chance of three points.
Royals boss Coppell said: “I’m sure Steve Bruce is very much looking at this fixture as being his opportunity to put this season to bed, so we have to be looking along those lines as well. There can’t be any other thinking.
“Someone told me Wigan have two very hard games after this so they are very much looking at us as a means of getting away from everything.”
Latics keeper Chris Kirkland is also keen to get a win tomorrow. He said: “This is what we’ve worked hard for – it’s going to be a hell of a game tomorrow.
“We will give it everything we’ve got. Hopefully there will be a lot of smiles at the final whistle.
“In the last six at home we’ve won four, drawn two and only conceded one. If we keep that going we will be okay.
“The fans can give us a real lift and that’s what we’ll need.
“With the situation Reading are in they’ve got to go for it as well.”
After tomorrow’s match Royals face Spurs (h) and Derby (a) and Coppell added: “We know we’re capable of getting points from all our games, but it’s no good talking about it, sooner or later we have to start delivering something and the closer it comes to the end the more it becomes a do-or-die scenario.
“We’re still at this moment in control and I’d like to think we can stay in control.”