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ALI AL HABSI ENCOURAGED BY PRE-SEASON PROGRESS

17 July 2014

Ali Al Habsi says everyone should be pleased with Besiktas performance, especially the younger members of the squad.

  • Omani stopper praises young players.
  • Al Habsi looks ahead to Rochdale.
  • Major positives from Besiktas win.

Following Tuesday night’s friendly victory over Turkish outfit Besiktas, Oman international Ali Al Habsi shared his thoughts on Latics’ progress so far in pre-season, and reserved particular praise for the younger members of the squad who have stepped in due to injuries.

Praising the overall performance of the team, Al Habsi said:

“We looked very strong and we showed that in our performance from the start.

“We’ve played a team who are going to be in the Champions League qualifying games, a team who have been training for longer than us to be fit and ready for those games.

“Everyone should be very happy with the game; we look to be improving a lot from the first and second weeks of pre-season.”

Al Habsi added:

“Fraser (Fyvie) and Tim (Chow) had very good games in midfield; Fraser played 90 minutes and Tim played almost 70 minutes.

“The way they played really helped the team and I think the gaffer has given them the confidence to play in the style that they do.

“It’s very encouraging to see our younger players fitting in like we have seen so far this summer, especially when it’s a player like Tim who has come through the Academy.

“We have also had Ryan Jennings and Michael Wilson with us and they too have been working very hard.”

Next up in Latics’ pre-season schedule is Rochdale at Spotland Stadium on Saturday 19 July at 3.00pm, where the hard work will continue insisted Al Habsi:

“We are happy with the win of course, but we still have to work harder to be ready for the first game of the season.

“We have a few more weeks ahead of us before the season starts, but before that we have another match on Saturday and then three more tests in Germany.

“The pre-season schedule has been very good for us so far and the work we have been doing at the training ground is starting to come across on the pitch.”

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