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IMPORTANT HOME WIN FOR FANS SAYS CARSON

2 September 2013

Goalkeeper happy with victory over Forest after back-to-back home draws.

Latics are now unbeaten in their last three games after Saturday’s victory over Nottingham Forest added to the two previous home draws with Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers.

Goalkeeper Scott Carson by his own admittance said Latics should have done better in the two draws and believes beating Forest was the perfect reward for the supporters who he says have backed the team so well.

“It was important to win the game for a number of reasons; because the fans deserve it after backing us so well in the two home draws and because we were playing a team that are near the top of the league already.

“The fans were fantastic again and at the end of the match I showed my passion towards them because they pushed us on in the game.

“They backed us for the full 90 minutes and even when we went behind early on they didn’t let that get them down.

“As much as we’re going to need to perform on the pitch, we need their support through what is going to be a long season and so far they’ve been excellent in doing that.”

Another pleasing aspect of the performance for the 27-year-old was the solidity of the defence.

Carson added:

“We’re very happy to have defended as we did against Forest.

“The mistakes that we had made in previous games were prevented and apart from the free kick we weren’t troubled too much.

“The communication between myself and the defence was very good and we need to keep it at that level now to make sure we perform as we did on Saturday.

“I only had a couple of saves to make in the game which shows how well the defence did in preventing Forest from creating chances.

“The lads at the back were very impressive in the air during the game against a physical side that were always going to try and make it difficult.”

Heading into the international break with seven first team squad members off to represent their countries, Carson made a clear statement of intent for when those players return.

“When it comes round to the next game against Leicester City we have to be just as good as we were against Forest.

“We want to be at the top of this league and our aim is to bounce straight back into the Premier League.

“Being right up there is a must this season and beating teams like Forest sends out a strong message.”

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