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ESPINOZA ON TOUGH BORO DRAW

29 January 2014

Roger Espinoza gives his post-match thoughts on a hard earned point at the Riverside.

Speaking after Wigan Athletic’s 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium last night, Roger Espinoza said Latics knew they faced a tough test before arriving and were certainly met by a tough opponents.

The Honduras international said:

“It was a tough game and we found ourselves having to fight for the ball a lot.

“There were a lot of 50-50 balls and neither team seemed to be able to gain full control of the game.

“It wasn’t an easy place to go and we were up against a strong team who really battled for the ball.

“We did well towards the end of the game, but we’re frustrated that we didn’t do enough to win.”

Despite declaring himself frustrated, Espinoza said a point at the Riverside Stadium on a windy Tuesday night in January could prove vital in the grand scheme of the season, adding:

“These are the results that you have to grind out sometimes in the Championship, a point like this one and in the manner that we collected it by shutting Middlesbrough out could prove crucial.

“We had to work a lot harder because of Middlesbrough’s intensity, but I think we did okay and we’re showing that we’re a tough team to come up against as well.”

On Latics play-off hopes, Espinoza continued:

“We’ve got to keep fighting like this, we’re still close to the play offs and I think we’re going to make it.

“We’ve definitely got the team to do it and it’s a matter of making sure we win our games in hand and continue to win our games at home.

“Games on the road are always tough and we go into games like the Middlesbrough one with the intentions of bringing three points home too, but in football you can’t guarantee that every week.”

Starting in four of the last six games, Espinoza said he’s been happy to do his bit for the team recently and thanked Uwe Rosler for his chances:

“I’m happy to have featured in the last few games and it makes me happy to be part of the team from the start of games.

“I think I can definitely help and contribute to the team and I’m very happy that the gaffer has given me the opportunity.

“He told me in the MK Dons game at home to go out and show myself and I think in the last few games I’ve done pretty good.”

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