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Fate lies in own hands

12 April 2013

Latics keeper's rallying call

Dean Bouzanis is confident Latics will stave off the threat of relegation from npower League One.

The Aussie keeper delivered the upbeat message as Latics prepare for tomorrow's basement battle at neighbours Bury.

Bouzanis (pictured) says bottom-club Bury can dictate who goes down as they follow their game against Latics by hosting fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United on Tuesday.

He said: "As this is a local derby, Bury will want to get one over us.

"At the end of the day we have five games left and our fate lies in our own hands.

"If we win our matches we will be safe and not have to worry about Scunthorpe.

"We have to make sure we put in good performances and make sure we pick up enough points to allow us to be safe."

Bouzanis also says spirits are high despite their lowly league position.

He continued: "We are under pressure, but know we have quality in our squad.

"We are confident we will be safe because it would be bad if we don't stay up given that quality.

"We will continue to work hard on the training pitch and ensure we do everything we can to stay up."

Bouzanis says he is desperate to do well to earn a new contract.

He said: "There are a lot of players out of contract and it should be a positive effect as opposed to a negative one.

"I know I am doing everything I can to get a new contract. I am happy here and grateful for the club for giving me a chance after I left Liverpool."

Bouzanis also says the fans can play their part by being their extra man.

He said: "When I look back at the support for the two FA Cup ties here and the one at Everton it has been great.

"Even at Preston in midweek they were out in their numbers and were loud.

"We understand when they get frustrated when we don't perform to our best level because they pay good money to watch us.

"All I can do is ask for them to get behind us because it does help and gives us an added kick.

"And if they can do that for the last five games, it will be great for the team."



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