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Reserve-team praised

26 March 2013

With a bit of luck, we might have won - Murray

Paul Murray was delighted with the application shown by Latics' reserves in their goalless draw against Hull City in this afternoon's Central League, First Division match at Chapel Road.

Reserve-team manager Murray said: "I couldn't fault the effort and desire of the players and, with a bit of luck, we might have won.

"We had chances and there might have been a couple of penalties on another day for handball."

Murray described it as a good workout saying his side played some good football in the opening half.

He said: "Whether it was the gaffer (Lee Johnson) present or, for whatever reason, we were inspired.

"We played really well and the only thing missing was a goal.

"We have instilled desire and work rate, which are the minimum requirement, but all we lacked was a bit of quality in the final third of the pitch."

Murray described it as a collective team effort saying the players adapted well to the system of play which is used in first-team matches.

He was impressed with new loan signing Bobby Reid who played for an hour as did Cristian Montano and Cliff Byrne as they continued on the comeback trail after injury.

Murray also praised Glenn Belezika saying the teenager being made captain of the reserves had lifted his confidence.

"It was a good team performance and even keeper Alex Cisak, who didn't have much to do, kept us in the game on a couple of occasions in the second half," he said.

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