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Coleman: “It’s A Massive Game.”

16 February 2016

Goalkeeper Joel Coleman has described tonight’s game against Blackpool as ‘massive’.

He will be part of the travelling squad to Bloomfield Road looking to close the gap on the teams around them at the bottom of the league. 

With 18 games left in the season, and Latics five points off safety, Coleman believes tonight’s game is one they need to win.

He said: "It’s a massive game. We need to start climbing up that table as quick as possible so we’re not leaving it until the last couple of games of the season. 

"We’ve got the squad of players there who should be a lot higher up, but a few results haven’t gone our way. I’m looking forward for the rest of the season now.”

Reflecting on the trip to Wigan four days ago, Coleman said: "I thought the lads worked their socks off against a tough Wigan side who have been scoring for fun. It was good we kept a clean sheet as well which was a bonus. 

"I’ve been wanting to make big saves to earn us points. I don’t think I’ve done enough of that this season but hopefully at the back end of the season, I can do that a lot more.

"I spoke to Jussi Jaaskelainen after the game and we said well done to each other. He made a great save against Winchester which was heading for the top corner and you can just hear him talking throughout the game so it is good to learn off him.”

The 20-year-old has found himself a regular starter under manager John Sheridan.

“It’s all about being consistent,” Coleman explained. "If I get clean sheets week in, week out, that’s what I’m there to do. Obviously Dave [Cornell] is there pushing me every day so it is good competition.

"It’s not nice being left out but everyone has to come back from it. I worked on a few things and hopefully I can bring that to the table this time around.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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