‘Focus on our game’: Wigan Athletic must make own luck to escape drop, insists defender Ronnie Stam

By Aimee Howarth

Wigan Athletic must focus on their own performances rather than rely on lady luck if they are to avoid relegation, claims defender Ronnie Stam.

The Latics suffered a 4-1 thrashing away to Chelsea at the weekend and currently sit 19th in the Premier league, three points from safety.

While the Dutch wing-back felt Wigan were denied a game-changing penalty when 2-1 down, he insisted the side must not rue decisions but make their own fate.

“We need to just keep doing the things we’re good at and I know of course sometimes we do need a bit of luck but we’d rather not rely on that,” Stam told the club website.

“I thought it was a handball when I took the shot. This season we’ve conceded a lot of penalties but we never seem to get any of our own.

“We need to forget about incidents that we can’t control and carry on playing the way we do because if we win games, then those decisions don’t matter.

“The most important thing is for us to win our Premier League games because we need to make sure that we stay up.”

Wigan have 12 fixtures remaining this season – with half of them at home – to turn around their fortunes and avoid the drop into the Championship.

They also have their second-ever FA Cup fifth-round tie to look forward to on February 17, when they travel to Leicester City or Huddersfield Town.

And Stam, who has 19 appearances this season, believes progress to the quarter-finals of the prestigious competition could help get their bid for league survival back on track.

“The FA Cup could provide us with a confidence boost and it would be nice to get through to the next round because everyone wants to go as far as possible,” he said.

“If we can perform to the best of our ability then who knows just how far we could go.

“We have to focus on both competitions but staying in the Premier League is our main aim and we have it within us to make sure we can achieve that.”

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