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Wellens Happy With Point Due To Results Elsewhere

29 April 2018

Manager Richie Wellens believes yesterday’s point against Doncaster Rovers was a positive due to other results in the division.

Rochdale fell to defeat which meant Latics moved out of the relegation zone and a point ahead of their nearest rivals going into the final weekend of the season.

Wellens said: “I think we shaded it in terms of the second half but we just lacked that little bit of quality to get a goal. 

“In terms of the overall day, it’s been positive because it’s back in our hands. We could have won today and so could other teams and we would have still been in the bottom four. 

“It’s difficult when you’re getting information about what’s going on in different games but we have come out of it the other side and it’s in our hands and that’s what we could have hoped for.”

Latics earned a clean sheet and the manager praised his defence who stood firm all game. 

“We worked on defensive things on Thursday and attacking things Friday and we gave them little things to help them,” he commented. 

“What we did on Thursday, the lads took on board and I thought the young lads were outstanding. 

“It helped that they played a diamond to start off and I thought we would play a left back who was a bit more attacking because the out balls are with the full backs.”

Kundai Benyu made his first appearance since the defeat against Peterborough United in January and Wellens provided his thoughts on his performance. 
“We had to play him because Fane is not available,” he said. 

“In terms of central midfield player, he was the only one available at the club. 
“I thought at times he was tired but then he dug in and won important tackles and put good balls through. 

“I thought he did well and I’m proud of him because he’s not played for a long time.”

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