Baines has added incentive
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan defender Leighton Baines admits he has more to play for against Manchester City.
Wigan defender Leighton Baines admits he will be playing for more than just the win against Manchester City on Saturday which will see the Latics pull further clear of the dreaded drop zone.
Baines will also be looking to impress new England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce and prove that he is worthy of a starting place in the International set-up.
Baines was forced to pull out of Pearce's under-21 squad to face Spain last month through injury, but insists he will fight to gain a regular place in the squad once more.
"This will be the first chance I have really got to meet the new manager," he said.
"Hopefully I will put in a good performance. I was really looking forward to working with him and hopefully next time I get a chance I will be able to work with him and learn from him.
"When Stuart Pearce was mentioned for the job I did hope he would get it because he is the sort of manager the players like.
"Obviously he has an important job for City as well and he has to fit the two in."
Wigan will be in confident mood following their 1-0 win over Newcastle last week, and will also be boosted by the return of a number of key players.
But Baines say's Wigan must keep their focus, adding: "These are the games we need to look at because the more we can
suck other teams like City, Sheffield United and Fulham into the mix then the better it will be for us.
"We can see the finish line and it is important that we keep picking up more points than the teams around us. We were always confident we would get out of it and now the results are coming, the confidence is returning too."