Whelan: Upcoming fixtures are crucial

06 October 2010 08:28
Latics chairman Dave Whelan is pleased with the progress the club are making this season and he has pointed to the next five games as a key period in terms of picking up points. The Latics struggled with their start to the season but wins over Tottenham and Wolves have given rise to optimism about the forthcoming season. Now, the chairman is hoping the club can add some serious points onto the board over the next five games. Speaking to the Wigan Evening Post, Whelan commented: “We did have a very, very tough start to the season. When we pulled Blackpool out first up, I thought: “Dear me”, because the teams that get promoted are very difficult to play against for the first five games or so. “We also had Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City to start with, and they’re not easy games. But we’ve got a run of a few games now where we have a chance of taking a few points, and we need to take advantage of that. “We have got some really top-quality players and we try to play football from back to front. We have plenty of pace in the side, and nobody likes playing pace – as I know from my playing days. “Hopefully we can keep on progressing and head in the right direction. The three points on Saturday will make all the difference to the confidence levels in the squad. You can feel that in the camp.” CLICK HERE FOR THE MESSAGEBOARD