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17 December 2013

Stephen Crainey reviews Derby Day victory over Bolton and his fist pumping celebration.

Full back Stephen Crainey is hoping Wigan Athletic can build on Sunday’s ‘fist pumping’ victory over Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium as he explains that passion took over him at full time.

The 32-year-old said:

“I’m a passionate player and there’s nothing better than us getting three points.

“I really enjoyed the celebrations at the end and it’s especially important to us because it was a derby game and the fans want the bragging rights, it makes for an enjoyable week for our supporters.

“We can’t get too carried away, but there’s obvious emotion because it was a derby game and we got three points that we were desperate for.”

Praising the first half performance and the determined nature at the end of the second half, Crainey said more of the same is needed for Latics next match against Sheffield Wednesday.

“Watching on in the first half I thought we were great, but Bolton came back in the second half and made things very difficult for us.

“Credit to all the lads for digging in and making sure that we got the winner.

“We played well though in the first half which is an excellent sign of progress, but today was always going to be about getting three points and putting us in the right direction.

“Victories always give players confidence and hopefully we can take that into the Sheffield Wednesday game now.”

Crainey added that he felt the supporters inside the DW Stadium played a major role in the team’s determination to win, and hopes for more of the same.

“The fans were great and hopefully we can get that atmosphere here at the DW Stadium again on Boxing Day against Birmingham City and in every game for that matter.

“They’ve been excellent all season and it hasn’t been easy for them at times.

“With their support behind us we just need to focus on building our performances and getting more wins under our belt.”

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