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Murray praises reserves

27 February 2013

Cup win for Latics

Paul Murray was delighted with Latics reserves’ performance after they ground out a 2-1 win against Fleetwood Town in the quarter finals of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup.

The midfield man, who was again asked to manage the side, added he could not fault the endeavour of the players and also their never-say-die spirit as they battled to the end as Daniel Taylor scored the winner in stoppage time.

Murray (pictured), who was disappointed with last Wednesday’s display in the reserve-team defeat at Tranmere, threw down the gauntlet to the players who had lost 6-2 to the same side in a recent friendly.

He explained: "I asked the players to prove themselves against a very strong Fleetwood team.

"They certainly did that and they displayed work rate, desire as well as quality.

"All in all I was very pleased and it felt as good as any game I have played in."

Murray decided not to play as his did at Tranmere to view the game from a different perspective.

He described Latics’ defending as brilliant singling out Glenn Belezika as the pick of the back four adding they restricted Fleetwood to few chances.

Murray was also impressed by the quality of Kirk Millar’s delivery from out wide.

He is also looking forward to the semi final against Manchester United reserves who inflicted a 7-0 defeat on Latics earlier this month in the Manchester Senior Cup.

"The lads can't wait to play them again and we certainly owe them one," he said.

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