Al Habsi: Survival in our hands
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi insists his side remain in control of their own Premier League destiny.
Last Updated: 01/05/11 6:59pm
Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi insists his relegation-threatened side remain in control of their own Premier League destiny.
Roberto Martinez's men were denied a much-needed win when old boy Leighton Baines scored a late equaliser for Everton in a 1-1 draw.
Victory would have moved Wigan above nearest rivals Blackpool and out of the danger zone.
Despite the late blow Al Habsi believes his side can take plenty of encouragement from the performance heading into the last three games of the season.
Wigan travel to Aston Villa next and host fellow strugglers West Ham in a crucial contest before facing Stoke on the final day.
Only goal difference separates the Latics from safety and Oman international Al Habsi remains confident they can escape the drop.
He said: "We played a fantastic game [against Everton] and it was not easy, but we have to understand everything is in our hands.
"We know we have three other games.
"They are going to be tough but we have to stay relaxed and think carefully about the next game against Aston Villa.
"I think the games against Villa and West Ham are the biggest games of the season.
"We don't want to leave it until the end - we want to get something from these two games.
"Of course we can do it. We have confidence and good players in the team."
Al Habsi has impressed at the DW Stadium following his season long loan from Bolton and is likely to attract plenty of transfer interest in the summer.
But he has put his own future to the back of his mind as he concentrates on saving Wigan.
He said: "I am happy to play week after week.
"It has been fantastic to come to this football club and to play in this league.
"I hope to finish playing with this club this season having helped them stay in this league."