Richie Wellens was keen to thank supporters who made the long journey to Fratton Park on Saturday and helped the team secure a valuable three points.
“The fans were unbelievable from start to finish,” he said. “They made themselves heard and at times out sung the Portsmouth fans. I was delighted for them after the game.”
Unfortunately unsavoury incidents at the end of the game threatened to spoil the day as Portsmouth fans clashed with police and stewards outside the ground.
Latics supporters had to be led back into their section and along the length of the pitch to enable them to exit safely at the opposite end of the stadium.
Chief Executive Mark Moisley, who witnessed the scenes and spoke to a number of supporters at the time, praised the Latics fans: “Thankfully our supporters remained calm despite the chaos outside the ground, and were a credit to the club,” he added.
“We will be discussing the situation with the EFL as the well being of our travelling fans is paramount. We receive fantastic support away from home and have a duty to ensure that fans can attend fixtures in a safe environment.”