Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits his players are still hurting after Saturday's controversial 3-3 draw with Blackburn and will go to Sunderland on Saturday feeling as if they are owed points.
The draw with Blackburn ended Wigan's eight-match losing streak in the Barclays Premier League, but they were aggrieved not to have come away from the DW Stadium with a victory. Rovers' second goal came when Morten Gamst Pedersen dribbled the ball straight from a corner before crossing for Junior Hoilett to score.
The incident left Martinez - whose side are bottom of the table - fuming, and the Spaniard said: "Sunderland are playing at home and they will feel, with the money they have spent, that they should be beating a team like ours. That is a level of expectation that you can understand, but we are hurt from the weekend and we feel we are owed points. We need to go out there and make sure we can get that."
Martinez was encouraged by the way his side played against Blackburn - it was the first time they had scored three goals in a match this season - and is confident they can finally register their first win since August on Saturday.
"The team is playing at a good level, but we need to create that momentum, belief and confidence that comes with positive results," he said.
"I just saw a turning point on Saturday and I feel we are capable of going anywhere and performing in a manner good enough to get three points."
Referee Andre Marriner, who allowed Hoilett's effort to stand, is not taking charge of a match this weekend and Martinez revealed he had discussed the incident with Mike Riley, manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.
"I spoke with Mike Riley and he faced the situation," Martinez said. "I think he was a real credit to the association and to the referees in general.
"Obviously, it is a very difficult action to explain, but I just want to move on. It is not something that you are going to see on a football pitch too often and I saw it as very careless at that moment.
"It is something you need to get right. It is not down to judgement, it is probably one of the few aspects where refereeing in a game is black and white, with no grey areas. You have to deal with it with a little bit more care."