Mackay looks forward to vital clash

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March 06, 2015 15:22:57 UK

On the back of a shock away win at Norwich in midweek, Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay paid tribute to his team and wants more of the same at home to Leeds on Saturday.

Having looked doomed to relegation from the Championship, Latics fans have been given hope by consecutive wins, both away from home, at Blackpool and then at promotion chasing Norwich.

It’s another massive game for us and we’ll give 100% to deliver.

Malky Mackay

That six point haul leaves Wigan still stuck in the bottom three, but now six points from safety and another three points, at home to in-form Leeds United, will give even greater belief in the fans that Mackay can inspire the team away from danger at the bottom of the table.

The Wigan boss said of the victory over Norwich and the game to come, against Leeds: “I thought we were well organised in both halves, we scored very early on, but after that I thought we were nice and calm in possession and Norwich didn’t have many testing attempts on our goal, despite having a lot of the ball.

“Now we’ve got to give all our supporters something to really believe in on Saturday when we play Leeds, it’s another massive game for us and we’ll give 100% to deliver.”

Having secured two away wins, the visit of Leeds gives Mackay chance to improve results in front of their own fans. The Latics have the worst home record in the division so far, having not won at the DW Stadium since August.

Leeds, improving under Neil Redfearn, beat Ipswich in midweek at Elland Road. One of the scorers, Billy Sharp, may retain his place for the Wigan game, though Rodolph Austin will again be missing through injury. Mackay may be set to name an unchanged side for Wigan.

Wigan are 1.36 to be relegated from the Championship this season. Norwich are 1.09 to make the top six with Ipswich 7.00 to be promoted.

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