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IVAN RAMIS PRAISES DEFENSIVE UNIT

16 March 2014

Ivan Ramis happy with defensive display in challenging 90 minutes at Ipswich.

Continuing his return to first team action yesterday in Wigan Athletic’s 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town at Portman Road, Ivan Ramis admitted it was a tough test against the direct approach of Mick McCarthy’s side.

The 29-year-old defender said:

“Ipswich made it difficult for us because they played a strong, physical game and they approached us directly.

“They had height up front which made it challenging, but I think we coped with that threat really well.

“We had to defend in a few different way because they played the ball high, but also at waist height which forced us to think more.

“They also tried to go around our defensive line, but we remained a good unit.”

Despite conceding the first goal, Latics made an emphatic come back, something which Ramis believes shows the team’s winning mentality.

“It was disappointing to concede the one goal, but we learned from our mistakes and we defended well for the other set pieces.

“It was a very tough game, but we picked up the three points and it’s important not only for our league position, but also to show how much of a battle we are willing to give.”

Midway through the second half Latics lost Leon Barnett to a hamstring injury, a big blow said Ramis:

“I think me and Leon created a good partnership and it was a shame to see him go off because he was playing really well, as was our whole defence.

“He has been a big player for us this season and it’s not nice to see a team mate go off with an injury, but Rob Kiernan came in and continued the good work.”

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