Scott Carson says Latics are getting closer to the standards they demand from themselves after win against Blackpool.
- Win against Blackpool a confidence boost.
- Carson happy with determination to win.
- Birmingham another tough test.
Wigan Athletic and Scott Carson kept their first clean sheet of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship campaign this weekend in the 1-0 win against Blackpool, and although happy with his own personal performance, the England international goalkeeper said the improvement as a team is the thing that stands out the most.
“We’ve been a bit disappointed the last couple of weeks and we haven’t been playing to the standards everyone expects and the standards we expect of ourselves more than anything.
“We’ve been working hard to get to the bottom of it, and hopefully the tricky start is behind us now we’ve picked up our first win of the season.
“The win gives a lot of confidence. Second half it wasn’t pretty and we’ve held on a bit, but a win is a win in the Championship.
“As a team we’re glad to get the win and a clean sheet, the score line could have been more when you consider the chances we had, but we showed a lot of determination to keep Blackpool out.”
“When you don’t get a second or third goal then the opposition are always going to have hope that they can get something.
“That showed against Blackpool, they saw their chance and thankfully didn’t take it when they missed a couple of opportunities.”
Hoping to claim many more clean sheet this season, Carson said it’s important for Latics to remain tight at the back, especially with another home game coming up on Saturday against Birmingham City.
“It’s important for us to remain tight at the back, that’s the foundation for what we can do in the final third and on Saturday that showed.
“We performed well as a unit and that allowed the midfield and attack to express themselves, creating plenty of chances and playing some very good football.
“It’ll be another tough game on Saturday, we know what Birmingham are about having played them twice last season.
“They fought well to avoid relegation last season and they won’t want to be in that situation again this season, so we’ll be given a big test. As results have shown so far this season, it’s going to be unpredictable, but we’ll be looking to maintain a similar performance to the one we put in against Blackpool.”
You can watch part of Scott's post match interview on the official YouTube channel by [clicking here], with the full version available to Latics Player subscribers [here].