Jewell's winter warning
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell has warned that Wigan face a 'long, hard winter' after five defeats in a row.Wigan boss Paul Jewell has warned that his club face a 'long, hard winter' after slipping to five Premiership defeats in a row.
After a storming start to the campaign, the Premiership newcomers had their sights readjusted by a succession of defeats to Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Despite remaining in eighth place survival is the priority for The Latics, and Jewell has warned that Wigan's debut season in the top-flight could yet be a struggle to avoid the drop.
After facing The Premiership's best in the past two months, the former Bradford boss is now hoping his side can pick up points from the teams in the bottom half of the table.
"Without being defeatist, anything we got out of these five games was a bonus," said Jewell.
"Nobody will have a run of fixtures like that anywhere in the world.
"But I've always said it was going to be a long hard winter. I don't want people getting carried away thinking we're going to stay in the top echelons of the Premier League.
"We're new kids on the block and we've got an awful lot to learn.
"I'm not going to lambast the players because they've done a magnificent job to get us where we are.
"Our season will be shaped by how we get on against Portsmouth, Sunderland, West Brom, Fulham - all those teams.
"I would rather take six points off a team in the bottom half than one in the top half.
"We've got 22 games left to get 15 points and I think we'll do it comfortably, but we need to start winning again soon."
With the January transfer window fast approaching, reports are linking Jewell with an interest in Ipswich goalkeeper Lewis Price.
The Latics have in-form Mike Pollitt and trusty Australian John Filan in their ranks, but Price's impressive performances in The Championship are rumoured to have caught Jewell's eye.