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21 December 2012

Byrne salutes loan star

Cliff Byrne believes Latics' players ought to be inspired by working with loanee Matt Derbyshire.

The defender says striker Derbyshire, who has played in the Premier League and Champions League, can leave a lasting legacy at Boundary Park.

Byrne Pictured) explained: "Matt is an extremely good professional who was always willing to help others.

"He scored a few goals in the mix and he will be missed.

"Others vying for a spot in the team should see what he has done to play at the top and may be they can claw their way there."

Byrne remains frustrated by Latics' inconsistent form which has been mirrored in recent weeks.

He said: "The key word in this league is consistency.

"We have played in fits and starts. We have the quality to punish teams, but on other occasions need to tighten up and learn to manage games.

"It is about being clever because you need to be consistent to get out of this league."

Byrne says he relishes the battle, primarily with James Tarkowski, for a first-team place.

He explained: "I compete Monday to Friday to play on Saturday as James does.

"There is no love lost in training, but we are friends off the pitch. It is then the manager's decision who fits the bill."

Family-man Byrne added that playing at Christmas/New Year is an occupational hazard he accepts.

"I have a terrific life to get paid for my hobby and the sacrifices are minimal," he said.


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