Updated: Wednesday, 8th July 2020 @ 4:17pm

Belief in ability will keep us in the Premier League, claims Wigan Athletic keeper Ali Al Habsi

Belief in ability will keep us in the Premier League, claims Wigan Athletic keeper Ali Al Habsi

By Colin Henrys

Self-belief is key to Wigan Athletic’s survival hopes if the Latics are to beat the drop, according to goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Wigan, chasing a ninth consecutive season of top-flight football, dropped back into the Premier League bottom three after Saturday’s home defeat to Sunderland.

Omani stopper Al Habsi, who joined the club from Bolton Wanderers, claimed belief around the club remains high however with plenty of time to pull away from the drop zone.

"It's not good to be in the bottom three, but we believe in ourselves and we can get out of it,” he said.

“No one is going to get complacent. It is hard to be in this position but we are still confident.

“There are around six teams up to mid-table involved and 15 games left, so there are a lot of games to play.

“Hopefully we can get some points as soon as possible.”

Al Habsi, whose place in the Latics’ side may come under pressure from new loan signing Joel Robles, also praised opposite number Simon Mignolet after the Sunderland match.

The highly-rated Belgian keeper pulled off a fine save to deny Shaun Maloney in the second-half, which Al Habsi believes denied Wigan a point.

“Sometimes we are unlucky,” he said.

“In the second half we played our football, and the save by Simon Mignolet from Maloney made the difference.”

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