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Byrne praises spirit

2 January 2013

We have to show more of that says Cliff

Cliff Byrne was full of praise for Latics who overcame adversity to draw 2-2 in yesterday's npower League One match at Scunthorpe United.

Latics' central defender, reflecting on overcoming a two-goal deficit and also James Wesolowski's sending off, said: "We showed terrific spirit and to come back from 2-0 down shows what we are all about.

"We have to show more of that on matchdays."

Byrne (pictured) was also delighted to launch Latics' comeback with his first goal for the club.

Ironically it was on Byrne's first return to Glandford Park where he spent almost 10 years as a player until last summer.

Byrne said: "The goal got us back in the game and it was a nice time to score coming up to half time.

"I was always going to go with my feet and was on the stretch and I managed to put my foot through it and it thankfully ended up in the net."

Byrne added that once Latics scored he sensed they could win saying he could detect the heads of the Iron players dropped.

"We were in the ascendancy and, even with 10 men, we were the ones creating the chances," he continued.

Byrne was mystified by Wesolowski's sending off which came after the intervention of the fourth official.

He added the reception he received on his return to Scunthorpe was "humbling."

Byrne said: "I had a great reception from the crowd and hopefully I reciprocated by not celebrating my goal, though I was doing so inside.

"There was a good mutual respect between both and long may that continue."

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