Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook admits his side must overcome a psychological barrier when facing Hull City after winning just one of their last 24 away games in the Championship.
The Latics travel to the KCOM Stadium with a woeful away record dating back over 12 months.
An unlikely 2-1 victory away to Leeds United in April is the only time Wigan have won on their travels in the last year and all three games on the road this season have ended in defeat.
Wigan have won 11 home games in the same 12-month period to bring them another season in the Championship but Cook accepts the pattern has become an issue for his side.
“It has to be there – it has to be,” he said. “We’ve had 14 months of watching us being great at home and crap away!
“I don’t know what people want me to say, or talk about psychology.
“What I can say, and what I do know, is we can’t be any more positive going to Hull this weekend.
“We are not going there to sit back, sit off and defend for 90 minutes.
“We are not going to let our supporters sit there and watch us play like we did at QPR (last month). We just have to keep going.
“We won at Leeds last season, we should have won at Birmingham, we should have won at Reading.
“You’ve got the hard luck stories, and we’re sick and tired of them. The reality is a win this weekend takes us two points clear of Hull.”
One of Wigan’s many away day losses in 2019 came when beaten 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium in April.
Nick Powell opened the scoring for Cook’s men only for goals from Fraizer Campbell and Jordy de Wijs to snatch a dramatic win for the Tigers.
Just one point splits the two teams heading into another meeting and Cook has a clear incentive.
“You know, we go above Hull when we win tomorrow... I'm sure Grant will like me saying that... but seriously, that's what we want to feel like. We don't want to go into all of the negative stuff,” he told the club website.
“Hull have started well I feel. They've had great away results at Millwall and Brentford, they should never have lost to Blackburn and they got a good, strong win against Reading.
“Their team carries really good threats and it's going to be a really tough game for us, so in my opinion they've started well.
“It's a great game for us and we want to go across there and do really well in the game.”
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