As Wigan Athletic continue to hang their heads in shame, Malky Mackay’s is held high with the belief that he is the man to turn things around.
The Latics suffered yet another loss on Saturday at home to Norwich City, who saw the struggling club off in the first five minutes to come away with a 1-0 win.
With only seventeen points this season, they find themselves three adrift of safety but Mackay is in denial that relegation will be their fate.
“I’ll work from morning to night to make sure that we turn this around for Wigan Athletic,” the former Cardiff City manager said.
“For us to end up with that much possession in the game today but come away without a win is disappointing but something that we have to keep striving for.”
The Scotsman has blamed Wigan’s poor start to the game and the fact that they took far too long to have any urgency about their game.
Time and again, the team have failed to prove themselves as worthy of a place in this competitive and ruthless league; the answer to the problems is in fact though quite simple.
“You’re not allowed to start poorly in this league or you get punished and we were in that first 15 minutes,” added Mackay.
“You have to start at a pace against a good team, a team that came down from the Premier League, with a big squad and a quality squad.
“We flashed balls across their box three or four times and we had a couple of set-pieces that were nearly there with two balls spilling out of the keeper’s hands into the six-yard box but we didn’t quite manage to finish.
“That’s something that we’ll change over time with the players getting used to me and me getting used to them.”
Wigan now look ahead to a tough test against Watford on Saturday and with the FA Cup third round draw this evening, they will hope they can produce some upsets as they have done so many times before.
“There’s nothing else for it but to work hard; I’ve been here three weeks, I’ve got a good, honest group of players and I know that but we’ve got to make sure we turn that into wins,” said Mackay.
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