KIlbane out to clinch survival

Latics wary of leaving it until final day

Kilbane: Focused

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Kevin Kilbane is desperate for Wigan to secure survival before the final day of the season.

The Latics stayed up last season with a dramatic win over Sheffield United on the final afternoon.

This season, however, they will face a Manchester United side that could need victory to clinch the Premier League title and Kilbane believes it is important to get the job done in the next two games.

Wigan have drawn with Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two matches but are only five points above the relegation zone after struggling Bolton recorded back-to-back victories.

Kilbane is focused on beating Reading this weekend, which would guarantee their top-flight status for next term.

Not safe

"We've jumped up two places with the point against Spurs so we have to be happy with that," Kilbane told the Daily Star.

"But Bolton have put the cat among the pigeons with two massive wins on the bounce and we are still not safe.

"Of course we don't want it to go to the last day again after last year. We want it settled before then.

"We wouldn't want another nail-biter like that, so our next game is a huge opportunity for us - we know that. Another win and we're safe.

"Reading will come here as a wounded animal and will be tough to beat, but we know what we have to do."