Wigan Athletic know that if they are to stay up then a win at fellow strugglers Rotherham United is almost essential
Wigan Athletic go into their relegation six-pointer with Rotherham United knowing that defeat will make it almost impossible to escape the relegation trapdoor.
A horrendous run of just two home wins all season sees Malky Mackay's team adrift in the bottom three and it's only a sequence of three away wins on the spin that has given Latics fans any reason for hope that they can escape the dreaded drop.
Winger James McClean told the Wigan Evening Post: "If we’re going to survive - and no disrespect to Rotherham – these are the games we should be winning."
The Latics are eight points behind fourth-bottom Fulham with the Millers another point above them. Winning on Saturday can help the DW Stadium outfit close the gap, but a defeat means Rotherham can see almost certainly see safety with nine games left.
Wins against Reading, fellow strugglers Blackpool and playoff hopefuls Norwich City in recent weeks have lifted Wigan to 31 points, but the home games in between have given much cause for concern with Wigan failing to score in their last three matches in front of their own fans.
Wigan will be hopeful that Rotherham will take the initiative at home, allowing the Latics to counter and to exploit gaps on the break, allowing them to extend their recent excellent away form at the New York Stadium.
However, even if Wigan do win on Saturday, Malky Mackay will need to break a wretched run of home form which has seen them fail to win at the DW Stadium in more than six months if he is to keep the Latics in the Championship.