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Melbourne Heart's Skoko remembers Wigan's relegation battle

Melbourne Heart midfielder Josip Skoko reflected on the 2006/07 English Premier League season when he was with Wigan Athletic.

The 34-year old former Australian international was with the Latics for three seasons, commencing in 2005 before departing for Croatia's Hajduk Split in mid 2008.

Skoko made 28 appearances for Wigan in the 2006/07 season which saw the club experience a mid-season slump before winning on the final day of the season to stave off relegation.

Ahead of tonight's clash with Perth Glory who have lost their past seven matches, Skoko remembered being a similar position to the Western Australians when he was in England.

"We didn't lose seven in a row, I've never been involved in a club that has suffered that sort of run but we really struggled and it came down to the last day," Skoko recalled.

"We were in a comfortable position in mid-table before that run but the wheels just fell off for us. We couldn't do anything right and we couldn't buy a win.

"It all came down to the last day in a game where I came off the bench and the scenes from our fans were pretty wild at the end.

"Our mind-set though really suffered along the way and that's the problem facing Perth because as everybody knows losing is a hard habit to break once it sets in."

Skoko added that the Heart, who have continued to improve in their debut season, are now in a really good position after an indifferent start.

"We always knew there would a period where as a new club we'd be getting to know each other and it would take time for things to click," Skoko added.

"We've won two and drawn two of our last four and we're getting there now. We fancy ourselves as a finals team, for sure."

Andrew Slevison
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