Jewell: We are in a scrap
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell conceded Wigan are in a relegation scrap after their 4-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Wigan boss Paul Jewell conceded his side are in a relegation scrap after their 4-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Goals from Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba and an unfortunate own goal from Chris Kirkland were enough to give Chelsea the points at Stamford Bridge.
The defeat was Wigan's sixth successive loss in the Premiership to leave nervously looking over their shoulders.
Jewell was unhappy with the manner of Wigan's defending feeling the first three goals were all 'avoidable.'
"It was impossible task as I feel the first three goals were all avoidable goals from our point of view," Jewell told Sky Sports.
"The first one was from a free-kick swung in which somehow found its way into the net.
"The second one comes from a backpass that does not get close to where it should be.
"The third one I think was avoidable as well and when you come up against one of the best teams everything has to go right for you, but today it went wrong for us.
"They did not have to play well to win today and that is what riles me today.
"We are in relegation fight and I did not wake up this morning not realising that as I have thought that for quite a while.
"I think we need six wins out of 16 games and I think we are more than capable of doing that with the players we have and what we can bring in.
"I think it will go right to end, I can see that and we are up for the battle.
"We are struggling with confidence, we are making mistakes and we have got to roll up our sleeves as only us can put that right."
Jewell also revealed he had dropped his interest in West Brom striker Nathan Ellington.
The Latics tabled a bid for the want-away striker last week which was rejected by West Brom.
Ellington handed in a transfer request earlier this week, but Jewell insists he will not be making a new move for the former Wigan striker.
When asked if he would be making a new bid for Ellington Jewell said: "No. We made an offer, I spoke to their manager two weeks ago and I think to be fair they probably would sell him, but their chairman wants more money than I am prepared to pay."