Dave Whelan wary of ‘must-win’ game

dave-whelanDave Whelan says Wigan’s clash at West Brom on Saturday is one they simply “have to win” if they are to stay up this season.

Latics are again in dire relegation trouble as the season reaches its conclusion but a win over the Baggies on Saturday could be the tonic they need to go on and beat the drop.

With four games to go this season, Wigan are five points from safety but they have a game in hand over Newcastle above them and Whelan knows just how important a victory could be this weekend.

“It’s a massive game for us – and we all know that,” he told the Evening Post. “We have to go there and win. We have to win.

“We actually went to West Brom last year and won 1-0, and it will be a real fight again this time. They’ve played well this season, even though they have had a bit of a patchy run of late.

“They showed last week at Southampton what they are capable of, when they won 3-0, and we have to be ready for that.”

Despite making it through to the FA Cup final this season, Whelan has again insisted the priority remains staying up.

“Survival in the Premier League remains the number one priority for this football club,” he added. “Winning the FA Cup would be amazing, but not if it comes at the expense of us losing our Premier League status.

“You always have to concentrate on one game at a time, and for us that is West Brom in the Premier League.

“The feeling in the camp now is one of total concentration ahead of the West Brom game.”

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