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Wellens Gutted Not To Pick Up Three Points Last Night

18 October 2017

Interim boss Richie Wellens felt it was a good point against Bradford City last night but was gutted not to pick up all three.

Eoin Doyle equalised midway through the first half as Latics fell behind early in the game.

Following the goal, Athletic looked the only ones who would go on and win the game but it wasn’t to be for Latics.

Speaking after the game, Wellens said: “I thought it was a great performance again.

“The away points against the top teams are the ones that will allow us to climb the league.

“It was a terrible start and we gave two silly free kicks away. They played quick from the free kicks and we switched off.

“The ball goes into the striker and I never want my two central defenders to drop but to be fair it’s a great strike into the top corner.

“We weathered a spell and we changed the shape to stop their full backs coming out. I thought for the rest of the game we were on top.

“We showed good desire to get the goal and we pushed for the winner but was unfortunate not to get it.”

Doyle’s equaliser came from a Cruyff turn inside his own box from Johny Placide.

“Johny doesn’t want to get into a habit of doing that but we know he has it in his locker and he’s brilliant with his kicking,” he commented.

“He’s not just kicked that out and Davies has brought it down. We bought Davies out wide to play against their left back and we thought it was a mismatch physically.

“We know if we couldn’t pick our way through them, then we had that about us where we had the out ball which would get us up the pitch.

“We did that and got a great goal from that.”

Wellens was full of praise for the players following his first five games in charge.

“I’m proud of every single player for the last five games,” he said.

“Now we have to look at the next five game block to catch the three or four teams above us and then we go on from there.”

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