Kirkland remains confident
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Kirkland insists there is no panic in Wigan's dressing room.
Chris Kirkland insists there is no panic in Wigan's dressing room, despite a run of late which has seen them drop down the Premiership table in an alarming fashion.
Wigan entertain Everton on Sunday just three points off the relegation zone and having slumped to seven consecutive defeats, Kirkland admits the rot has to be curtailed before too long.
Kirkland, who joined Wigan in the summer from Liverpool, has already experienced relegation in his career having gone down with Coventry in 2001 and it is a disappointment he is not eager to repeat.
Of the opinion that Wigan's performances of late have been better than their results suggest, Kirkland is confident they will begin to pick up points soon.
"It has been a tough time lately," said Kirkland.
"It's as bad a run as I've experienced and, when you look at the table it's not pretty, but at this point I'm not worried about relegation.
"Everyone in the dressing room is confident we have the players and that we can get out of trouble. If we play to our ability and we believe in ourselves then we will be okay.
"All the lads here will give everything they have got for the club. We're up for the fight.
"We have been playing better than some of our results suggest, but this is a results business.
"We would all rather put in a bad performance and get three points than play well and get nothing out of the game.
"We know we need to get some points, and we showed we can do that when we went five games unbeaten earlier this season."