Jordi Gomez claims it was a frustrating point against Birmingham, but one to build on.
Coming on as a half time substitute in yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Birmingham City at the DW Stadium, Jordi Gomez looked to unlock the defensive resolve of the visitors, but he said he didn’t bargain for the Blues to go down to ten men, making it a difficult afternoon for Latics.
The Spanish midfielder said:
“We’re left frustrated because we couldn’t break them down to get a winning goal.
“When Birmingham went down to 10 men it became a lot more difficult because they just sat back and waited for the final whistle.
“It wasn’t a good thing for us because they dropped into very deep positions, allowing for very little room in behind.”
Adding that he felt part of some good work with Jean Beausejour down the left side, Gomez said it was just one of those days:
“We tried to break them down and in some moments it looked like we had done, but it just wasn’t to be.
“There was some good work with Jean (Beausejour) down the left side, but Birmingham were blocking everything that we got on the end of the crosses.
“I think we should have at least scored one goal from the play down the left side, but sometimes you just have one of those games when the ball won’t fall perfectly.”
Uwe Rosler’s Latics are unbeaten in the Championship since the manager took charge down on the touchline at home against Bolton Wanderers, and Gomez exclaimed that it’s been a good month since then, but focus must remain high.
“We have to keep our focus now, we’re not disheartened by a draw, a point is a point and can be very vital.
“In the last three games we’ve picked up two wins, we were winning against Sheffield Wednesday and we got a point from Birmingham, so we’ll take that as a start and move on.
“We have another game on Sunday which is the next in a run of difficult fixtures, with Derby County coming up on New Year’s Day, so we just have to keep on working and making sure we get things right.”
A point against Birmingham has Latics five points from the play off positions, by no means perfect Gomez added:
“There are five points between us and the play offs at the moment and we have a game in hand, it’s not the perfect position to be in, but we’re in a good position considering our start to the season.
“Being in the position we are in gives us something to work towards and we’re determined to get into those play off positions.”
Latics’ next chance to boost their league position comes against one of the Championship’s early pace setters Burnley on Sunday, and Gomez says there is one improvement the team needs.
“The main thing we can improve on for the Burnley game is quite simple really, we need to score goals.
“I thought we were solid as a unit in keeping the ball, now we just need to make sure we keep scoring regularly as we started to do against Bolton and Reading.”
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