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Wellens Delighted With Performance

15 October 2017

Interim boss Richie Wellens praised the performance of his players and felt they fully deserved the three points.

Queensy Menig slotted into the bottom corner in the final minute of the game to win the game to secure the club’s fourth straight win, the best start for any Latics boss in 110 years.

Speaking after the game, Wellens said: “The three points is the more important thing because of the position we are in but it’s just the performance again.

“We could have lost the game if the shot against the bar had gone in but I thought we deserved to win.

“I thought for long periods of the second half we were camped in their half.

“We worked a lot this week on counter attacking and our energy to get up to the front two was good but our final pass was lacking.

“I thought second half we deserved the win and I’m pleased for Queensy because he’s got a bit of magic in him and he’s come on and scored the winner.”

Menig netted his first goal for the club yesterday and Wellens was impressed with his performance.

“He’s got good ability,” he commented. “When you play him on the left, he can come inside on his right foot.

“It was a great finish for his goal. He probably had a couple more opportunities before the goal where he should have hit the target but it’s pleasing that we got the winner late on because it gives them less time to come back.”

The stadium was bouncing at full time. “The performance gave the fans something to shout about and it was a good atmosphere,” Wellens said.

“We want to try and build that so these people who have come today want to come back.”

Whilst the interim boss has won all four games in charge so far, he also wants the players to remain grounded.

“Two weeks ago we were bottom of the league and wondering where our next win was going to come from,” he explained.

“We don’t want to get carried away or ahead of ourselves. We are going to lose games because that’s the nature of this league.

“We are not Barcelona, we are going to lose games and the biggest reaction will be when we lose games, can we keep nicking wins.

“Can we win when we are not playing as well? So far, the performances have been there but when the performance isn’t there, are you going to keep a clean sheet and nick a 1-0 win?

“That will be the big test going forward if you are going to reach the play-offs.

“My first aim at the minute is just to get us into mid table and then we can start to look up.”


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