Updated: Wednesday, 15th July 2020 @ 4:12pm

‘We’re not playing badly for the sake of it’: Waghorn says Wigan roar vital for derby

‘We’re not playing badly for the sake of it’: Waghorn says Wigan roar vital for derby

| By Steph Brawn

Wigan Athletic forward Martin Waghorn says they desperately need a good atmosphere as the Latics welcome Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers to the DW Stadium this weekend.

Wigan are still searching for their first three points in 2015 and have only won once in their last twelve games.

It’s certainly been a tough period for Malky Mackay’s men who appear to be stuck in the relegation zone, but if the fans can keep believing, Waghorn is hopeful that results will come.

“We hope the fans understand that we’re not playing badly for the sake of playing badly,” said the former Sunderland player.

“We can do more in terms of scoring goals and putting on a show but it’s a tough league and we need to unite and keep the fans sticking behind us, even if we go a goal down or we’re not playing the best stuff.”

Rovers are winless in six visits to Wigan and they travel to the DW with just one win in seven league matches.

Similarly to Latics, their season started with promise and has recently gone downhill, so the derby looks set to be a thrilling contest for both teams as they fight to reinvigorate their season.

Waghorn has talked of his partnership with James McClean up front and feels there is a great connection between them that could be the answer to Wigan’s troubles.

He added: ““Me and James know each other quite well. We’ve only been together for a year but we seem to know how each other play and James has got great pace.                                                 

“There’s a good understanding between us. I like to get the ball and hold it up and try and get him in behind and there’s a bit of a connection there so we’ll see what happens in the future.”

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