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12 August 2013

Second half substitute talks about tough Community Shield test and switch of focus to the league.

Following yesterday’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, French winger Nouha Dicko shared his thoughts on the afternoon’s events and explained that attentions are now fully turned towards the league campaign.

On the performance Dicko said:

“We played against a very good team but I think that we showed our quality during spells of the game.

“It was a nice day to come and play football in such a grand stadium like Wembley.

“The conditions were very hot down on the pitch but it was a good run out for the team and a tough test against a team that will be fighting for the Premier League again this season.

“We showed during periods of the game that our passing style can work really well and I think it’s a good indication of what we good do in the coming season in the Championship.”

It was Dicko’s second appearance at Wembley, having played in the 2011 Championship play-off final for Blackpool, an achievement he said he was grateful for:

“I’m really happy to have been given the chance to play here again, but I’m also happy to be given some time on the pitch because that’s my main focus.

“Every player in the UK wants to play at Wembley and for me I’ve already done it two times so it’s quite a privilege for a young player like myself.

“Despite the result we enjoyed the challenge today and I enjoyed being able to show the gaffer what I can do on the pitch.”

With AFC Bournemouth next up for Latics, Dicko said that he and the rest of the squad are as ambitious and determined as ever to build more momentum.

“It’s my aim to show the gaffer that I can be a part of the team and make a contribution throughout the season.

“If we want to achieve our ambitions this season we have to be ready for each game, not just as a individuals or as a starting XI but as a whole squad.

“The next few weeks will be a test for us as a squad but we’re ready to take the challenge on.

“We’re a very ambitious group and we’re going out in every game to win, that will take a lot of hard work but we’re determined to bounce straight back up.”

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