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Fresh Faces Have Made A Massive Impact For Latics, States Kelly

1 March 2016

Captain Liam Kelly believes the recent January acquisitions have made a huge impact on the side as Latics aim to make it seven games unbeaten tonight against Port Vale.

The 25-year-old has been a consistent performer this season, notching three goals so far and leading the team by example.

He has also been instrumental in the unbeaten six games and he has cited the contributions from the recent signings as part of the reason to the club’s good form. 

He said: "Certain players have made a big impact to our team. If you look at Anthony Gerrard, he’s come in and made a massive impact. 

"Aaron Holloway has made a big impact and Matty Palmer in midfield has been excellent. 

“When we were on a bad run of games, I don’t think that the performances were as bad as what people thought. 

“We were comfortable in games but it was just silly errors and we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net and that cost us. 

“We’ve made a few tweaks, added fresh faces and that has made the difference to us.”

Gaffer John Sheridan has also had a huge impact on the club’s recent form: “The manager wants us to be more attacking and play forward more,” Kelly commented.

“I wouldn’t say he wants us to be direct or a long ball team but he wants us to take our opportunities when we get them. 

"He felt we didn’t have enough shots on goal in recent games so the more you have, the more chance you have of scoring. If you don’t buy a ticket, you don’t win the lottery.”

However, despite the impressive run of form, the midfielder has been restricted in training due to the conditions of both the weather and the pitch.

"I’ve barely trained at all because of the time of year it is. It’s the cold weather, heavy pitches and it’s tough playing two games a week but people have to look after themselves,” he explained.

“Luckily we have not had too many injuries compared to last season when we picked up a lot of injuries around this time.”

It could be seven games unbeaten tonight should Latics defeat Vale, but Kelly knows it will be a tough game.

He said: "They are a good team. When we played them away we didn’t perform that well. 

“It’s always a tough place to go but luckily we are at home this time and after the good performance from the last game, coming from behind, hopefully the crowd will be behind us and it will make for a good contest.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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