Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Mike Pollitt believes the next two games will determine whether the Latics are going to endure a season of struggle.
After making a bright start to the campaign, Chris Hutchings' side have lost their way of late, losing four of their last five matches, but face Portsmouth and Birmingham City in their next two games.
Pollitt is keen to get some points on the board, telling the Wigan Observer: "We've had a tough run, playing Liverpool and Manchester United in successive games.
"We were unlucky not to get something against Liverpool, although we got well beaten at United. So the next two games are ones we need to get points from.
"Portsmouth have started the season strongly. I saw them play Fulham on TV the other week and they looked good.
"Harry Redknapp has spent a few quid and has put together a very good squad. After that, we go to Birmingham and it's a game we really need to be winning as we've got Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal to follow.
"I know Tottenham are near the bottom at the moment, but going to White Hart Lane won't be easy. We've dropped down the league too - we're only three points off the bottom - so we really need a couple of wins."