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Shirtliff: “Southend Is A Tricky Fixture.”

18 April 2016

Assistant manager Peter Shirtliff admits tomorrow’s game against Southend United will be a tough encounter.

The players and management staff made their way down to Essex this morning and will stop overnight as they prepare for the game against the Shrimpers. 

Latics enter the game on the back of a score draw against Fleetwood Town on Saturday and Shirtliff admits the game will be tough, but one he expects his side to pick three points up from.

He said: “Irrespective of who we play in these next four games, we have to try and get three points from them all and get maximum points. 

"Southend is a tricky fixture but they are all difficult games. Fleetwood was a tough game and we have had them all season so it’s just another league game which we have to try and win.

“Earlier in the season, they were in and around the play off area, doing very well so they are obviously a decent side and we have to cope with that."

With games slowly passing by, Latics find themselves in 18th position, but the assistant manager does not want to rely on other teams results.

“There is so much uncertainty in this league,” he admitted. 

"Who would have thought Doncaster would have beaten Wigan on Saturday, so it’s difficult to predict. Put it this way, if we win all our games, we will stay up.

James Wilson hobbled off at the weekend with a recurrence of his ankle injury, but Shirtfliff believes he has a chance to feature tomorrow night.

“The injury has settled down a little bit so he’s going to travel with us to Southend and hopefully in the next 24 hours there will be a bit more improvement as well,” he said.

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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