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Banide Pleased With Hard Earned Point

8 September 2019

Head Coach Laurent Banide was proud of his team after they picked up a good point on the road against Plymouth Argyle.

Latics took the lead through Johan Branger-Engone before falling behind in the second half, but a David Wheater header ensured Latics took something back from the long trip.

Banide was happy overall with the performance, despite Latics having some decent chances to take all three points.

“It was an interesting game, but it was a good game to be a part of and we are happy to take one point, but we could have taken more.” He said.

“That's football, we are satisfied with how we played because we played better, and we continue to improve.

“We're happy for the fans that came, it was fantastic the support, so it was very important for us to see the support for the team.

“We improved, but we can still be better, we can score more goals, but for the moment step by step we can get to a better level.

“I'm very happy for Johan because he scored and our Captain because he scored another, so we need to build on this.”

Latics found themselves 2-1 down after they should have taken the lead up the other end when Mohammed Maouche couldn’t quite hit the target from a decent opening.

Banide believes his side showed good character and spirit to pick themselves up and find that equaliser through Wheater.

“It was important because we can build a team around spirit and today, we saw it getting better.” He commented.

“For me the philosophy of football starts with the spirit, you must play collectively and must have the spirit for solidarity.

“We saw today after the second goal it was difficult to come back from because we should have scored before it.

“But we showed a very good reaction and it's important for everybody because we can work this week with more confidence.”

Branger-Engone started for Latics yesterday and he proved a point with a well-taken goal and the assist for the equaliser.

Banide was happy with his performance but said collectively it was much better from his side.

“It was a good performance from Johan, but everybody worked well, so it's difficult to talk about one player.

“The team is the star; we need to continue this because everyone will have a chance to play and with our spirit, we can get more results like today.

Saturday’s result could prove to be a real confidence booster in the squad and the Head Coach says that they must now carry on this improvement going into the next game.

“When you create opportunities and you play with a connection it's important for the future.

“We saw a progression between the two last games, so we need to continue this into the next one and have a good result next Saturday.”


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