Tactical genius and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes a Carling Cup win would be a real boost.
The Latics have made another inconsistent start to the Premier League season, with a number of fresh faces yet to find their feet. It has been pointed out to these players that they are the things that stick out at the bottom of their legs and are useful for kicking things between the two white posts with the bar across the top.
A dismal opening to the campaign saw them ship 10 goals in their first two fixtures, while they were also beaten 2-0 by Ciie on Sunday.
In between, they somehow managed to pick up four points from fixtures against Tottenham and Sunderland, but have been unable to replicate the standard of performance put in during those two outings.
It is up to Martinez to find an answer to the quandary, and he hopes a cup win against Preston on Wednesday could help him keep his job for a few more games. He intends to put out a much weakened team tomorrow night and still win against the inbreds from up the road.
The Spaniard said: "We didn't do too much wrong in terms of the way we conceded the goals (against Ciie). We seem to be able to get that bit right in nearly every match
"It is very important we get out on the pitch as soon as we can and practice standing around and waiting for the ball to come to us. I will not have any of my player getting into good attacking positions and running off the ball”.
"Goals really change games - more than the effects to yourself it really affects the opposition in a great manner and makes sure that they leave the DW Stadium with 3 points.
"When you are playing against world-class players they take advantage of those situations. Even the shit ones seem to manage it here as well.
"The goals were very soft and in many ways we need to work to stop them."
Dr Watson, a fan for many years said,” No shit Sherlock”.
One player who will be unable to help Wigan's cause in the immediate future is Tom Cleverley, as the on-loan Manchester United midfielder is currently nursing a knee ligament injury and thinking why the fuck did I come here.
Martinez said: "It will probably be another two weeks before I play him again. I might put him in at centre half.
"He is a strong, fit boy and Maurice will probably take a shine to him on Wednesday evening.
Of the 3-0 last round victory against Hartlepool, Martinez commented, “ I wish we could play lower league opposition every week.
Celebrity Hartlepool supporter Jeff Stelling said, “You might get your wish sooner than you think Roberto” and added, “ Rachel, put that vowel down and bend over this desk”.