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27 January 2013

Nick Taylor talks exclusively to goalkeeper Joel Robles as Spaniard praises his team mates.

It was a dream debut for Latics’ Spanish stopper as he earned a clean sheet in the FA Cup victory against Macclesfield Town but, Robles admitted it wasn’t all down to his performance and said:

“It is fantastic to get a clean sheet on my debut but I have to emphasise that it is down to everyone in the team that it happened.

“From the first whistle I felt comfortable in the team because my team mates made me feel part of the team.

“They performed really well in front of me and the defence made sure that Macclesfield couldn’t get too many shots on goal.”

Joel joined Latics earlier this month and stepped into the FA Cup team in place of the injured Mike Pollitt.

The 22-year-old said he was focussed on adapting to English football quickly and was delighted to have been given his chance against the Silkmen, adding:

“I had to concentrate a lot in the game because Macclesfield put a lot of crosses into the box, which is something I expected in English football.

“It was a good game to adapt to that style of play and I just had to be aware of bodies in front of me, especially when the box was full of players.

“I felt great making my debut for the Club because I’m really focused on being part of the team and I’m very happy to be in England.”

On a final note the loanee from Atletico Madrid praised the travelling Latics support by saying:

“The fans played a really important part today and it was great to have them behind me in the second half because they were full of support.

“They helped us get the victory today because their good spirit rubbed off on the team.”

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