Malky's Hope

Malky Mackay is more than happy to be fit again after returning to the side on Tuesday evening - and hopes to go through an injury-free run now.

"I was delighted to get back, obviously - it is frustrating when you have got little niggling injuries," he says.

"There are a lot of games coming up and sometimes a week slips by and that is three games gone; I just want to be involved in as many as possible."

Looking at the win over Stoke, he says:

"We knew they were a big, physical team that were going to put us under a bit of pressure as well as sitting in and making you break them down.

"Fortunately, we calmed down, passed the ball about, and got the opening early, which was important."

Malky played alongside Tomas Repka in midweek at the heart of the defence and is impressed, though not surprised, with his colleague's form.

"I don't expect anything else; he is a Czech international, an experienced footballer, and a good bloke," says Malky.

"It is good to have guys like that in your squad and he has hardly put a foot wrong since I was here - I have been impressed with him."

Steve Bywater says that he is not being overworked in goal at the moment and Malky adds:

"That always helps, and it shows that the team is organised when we are defending and we are making it difficult for teams to make chances against us.

"If you can align that to scoring goals then you have a really good chance."

Looking at the Gillingham game, he says:

"Anyone can beat anyone else and Gillingham will be coming here off the back of a few games when they have not had good results.

"They will be coming to frustrate us and nick a goal so we have to be professional in our job, make sure we go about our business in the right way, and if we do that we will certainly be looking for three points."

He does not feel Wigan are running away with it and concludes:

"There is a long way to go; we are tucked in there quite nicely at the moment and there is a lot still to happen in the league."