Cleverley ready for finale
Tom Cleverley believes a victory on the final day of the season should be enough to keep Wigan up.
Last Updated: 16/05/11 5:44pm
Tom Cleverley believes a victory on the final day of the season should be enough to keep Wigan in the Premier League.
The Latics have languished in the drop zone for much of the campaign and looked close to slipping through the trapdoor after falling 2-0 behind against West Ham on Sunday.
But they hit back to 2-2 in the second half before claiming a last-gasp winner after an extraordinary finale when numerous chances came and went at both ends.
"It was just crazy. I have never seen as many opportunities in one game of football or in the space of 20 minutes," Cleverley reflected on Sky Sports News.
"We were just fortunate to get the winner and take it to next week."
The result at the DW Stadium condemned the Hammers to life in the Championship next term and left Wigan second bottom in the Premier League.
However, they are now behind Blackpool and Birmingham only on goal difference, and just a point behind Wolves and Blackpool.
Unlucky to go down
With five sides battling for three places above the relegation zone, a tense afternoon is guaranteed next Sunday.
Results elsewhere will help decide Wigan's fate but Cleverley is confident that beating Stoke at the Britannia Stadium should get the job done.
Birmingham travel to Tottenham and Blackpool make the journey to Old Trafford to face champions Manchester United, while Wolves and Blackburn face each other.
"There is a week's worth of hard work still to be done and then another good performance," said Cleverley, who is on loan at Wigan from Manchester United.
"We know we have a tough task ahead but we've just got to stay focused on our game.
"42 points will get us above either Wolves or Blackburn, who play each other, and then Birmingham and Blackpool have both got tough ties away from home.
"You've got to be very unlucky to go down with 42 points but all we can do is focus on ourselves and get the three points."