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31 October 2013

Half time substitute ensures goals are coming as Latics work to strike up correct formula.

Speaking after last night’s game at the DW Stadium against Queens Park Rangers, Marc-Antoine Fortune said he wasn’t too concerned by back-to-back goalless draws, as he believes Latics’ fire power will shine through.

Fortune, who came on for Grant Holt at the break said:

“Once we start scoring then there’s no doubt that we can start climbing the league table.

“We might not have scored a goal in our last two games, but things are getting more consistent in our performances.

“We’re desperate to find the back of the net, but we’re very happy with two clean sheets because in the past we were finding ourselves a goal behind far too often.

“Chances are being created that’s the main thing, if we keep going then those chances will turn into goals I have no worries about that.”

Latics came firing out of the blocks in the second half with a string of consecutive corners and a header off the post from Chris McCann.

Impressed with the start to the second 45 Fortune added:

“We started the second half much stronger and I feel we had to because that’s how we should be playing, especially when we are at home.

“We have an unbeaten run to defend and that’s why the gaffer told us to make sure we started the second half with the intent to win.

“I think we did that very well, but unfortunately when we had that pressure on QPR we couldn’t score the crucial goal.”

The 32-year-old insisted Latics are working hard on grabbing their chances, and believes his link up with Nick Powell is starting to take shape.

“I think we deserved to win because we battled really hard and out of the two teams we definitely created the better chances.

“Me and Nick (Powell) are working hard in training to read each other’s game and link up, which I think we showed.

“It became more difficult after the first 15 or 20 minutes because QPR began to drop back and defend a lot more.”

The game became a lot more physical in the second half, with a number of collisions leaving players on the turf, but Fortune said it’s something to expect in the Championship, such is the battling nature of the league.

He said:

“We will always have to fight in games in this division as will every team, because you have to try and assert your dominance in the game.

“We’ve got to be ready for physical opposition and I think we matched them very well.”

As well as putting up a fight, Fortune said he and the team want to express themselves as the games continue.

“That’s going to be key on Saturday against Huddersfield, but we also have to play our own game.

“We’ve got very good players who like to play the ball and we showed that in spells against QPR in what was a difficult match.

“The way we played against Rubin Kazan is the way we want to play every game and we’re working to replicate that in every match.”

Fortune’s final message ahead of the weekend was:

“We have to keep going, we have to believe in ourselves and eventually we will get there.”

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