Wigan boss Paul Cook doesn’t feel that Wigan's record 7-0 win against the U's earlier in the season will be a factor when the teams meet again at the DW Stadium tonight.
“I think that was probably a freak result, wasn’t it,” Cook told Wigan Today. “One of those days where everything we hit goes in, and their worst day of the season. That’s gone now though, everyone’s moved on. “Does that inspire them to perform in this game? I don’t know, you’d have to ask them.
“But that result won’t be in our thinking at all, because when you start looking back you will only find yourself in trouble.”
“We’ve just got to keep going – it’s it what it is. You’ve only got to look at the long list of strange results at the weekend to prove you can’t just turn up and expect to win games.
“No-one has the divine right to win any game, winning runs can quickly come to an end. With five games to go, we’ve got 87 points...what can we get to? “It’s about getting as many points as we can, and hoping it’s good enough.”
“Oxford's form’s probably been a little bit indifferent, but Karl will have been pleased to get the win on Saturday,” recognised Cook. “Southend have been in good form, and winning that one probably guarantees their safety in the league. “How they come and play here is up to them. “All we can do is concentrate on ourselves and what we do.”