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11 January 2014

Graham Barrow happy after Latics stretch unbeaten run to seven games.

Graham Barrow expressed his pleasure at Latics’ 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but believes the team have the ability to be even more ruthless in front of goal.

He said: “It’s a good scoreline, but in truth we could have been 3-0 up after the opening 20 minutes with the chances we created.

“That’s an area of our game we’re still working on, and it did make the first half a little more difficult because towards the break Bournemouth came back into it.

“We know that in this league a one-goal lead is never enough and that finding the back of the net for a second time was crucial, so it was nice to get a stroke of luck to double our lead.

“The third goal was special and rounded off a more than comfortable second half for me.”

Ali Al Habsi kept his fourth straight clean sheet in the league at the other end of the pitch, playing behind a defence which in the second half included 19-year-old debutant Tyias Browning.

Barrow praised the Everton loanee’s performance together with the rest of the back line which once again proved a formidable barrier for the opposition:

“We’ve kept another clean sheet which is very pleasing, even more so because of the injuries we’ve had to deal with this season.

“James Perch has picked up a knock today, but once again we don’t cry about it we just get on with our work and brought in Tyias Browning for his debut.

“Tyias is a powerful boy with pace to burn and during the time he is with us he’ll be of good use, giving us a new option. He has a great future ahead of him, but for now hopefully he can help us out.

“He’ll bring good competition into an area of the team where we have some great options, and as a unit they’re getting stronger by the week which is all the more impressive when you consider it was the one department which underwent the biggest changes in the summer.”

Barrow’s final words were for goalscorers Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jordi Gomez who both found the back of the net in stunning fashion:

“Marc-Antoine scores goals like that every day in training and has the instinct in front of goal to produce those kinds of results – I remember him scoring a similar goal in pre-season against Atromitos.

“We all know he has that ability, but today his overall game helped us out a lot around the pitch and right now I think we’re seeing the best of him.

“Jordi’s goal was brilliant and those of us who have been around the club since he arrived know he has that in his locker.

“When he catches the ball right the quality in his strike is exceptional and he’s produced another memorable moment today.

“Looking at the squad now you can see that each and every one of the lads are working hard for the cause and growing in confidence, but if we want to be where we want to be by the end of the season then we need to keep producing performances like this one.”

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