Let’s ‘hurt’ them: Wigan’s Ojo eyes Rotherham fight to send Championship message

Wigan Athletic striker Sheyi Ojo believes there are many ways that Wigan can hurt Rotherham United tomorrow in order to scare teams above them.

The Latics are currently eight points from safety in the Sky Bet Championship but will be looking for their fourth straight win on the road this weekend.

Ojo, who joined Latics from Liverpool last month on loan, has admitted that the team have some gutsy tactics in mind.

He said: “We’ve got so many ways we can hurt them. In training we’ve been tuning how we’re going to do that and come Saturday we’re looking forward to putting that to good practice.

“Away from home we’ve been really good results wise and if we can make it a fourth win in a row against Rotherham then I think it sends out a message to them and the other teams above us.”

Wins against Reading, Blackpool and most importantly fifth placed Norwich recently have meant the Latics have gained some crucial points in their relegation battle, but there’s still a mountain to climb.

Defender Harry Maguire, after extending his loan from Hull City until the end of the season, has said though that the spirit of the fans and the togetherness of the team are both things that can drill a sense of fear into opponents.

“It doesn’t have a feeling of a club that’s in the relegation zone, and I think that togetherness we have will help us fight to survive this season,” said the 22-year-old.

“Sticking together is the crucial thing.  We need to put together some consecutive wins and put pressure back on the teams above us again, that way other teams will start playing with fear.”

Rotherham will walk out onto home soil knowing their form has not been the most consistent after losing at home to Cardiff City and away to Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers recently.

The Millers are currently in 20th place just above the danger zone after being promoted from League One last season and the Latics will hope to prove tomorrow that experience rules every time.

Ojo added: “The group is very close and I think it’s been on show away from home in the way we’ve ground results out. 

“If we can do that again against Rotherham and bring it home then hopefully we’ll have enough to make sure we stay in the Championship.” 

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