Gomez expects another tough game, but says the pressure will be with QPR at Loftus Road.
Speaking after last night’s 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers in the first leg of the Play Offs of the Sky Bet Championship at the DW Stadium, midfielder Jordi Gomez says the tight game and result will put pressure on QPR come Monday night at Loftus Road.
Gomez added Latics’ performance could have been better, but says overall the team are pleased with the result:
“It was a tight game with very few chances, but we knew before the game QPR would make it difficult for us in that respect,” said the 28-year-old.
“Of course we wanted a better result, but we all knew the second leg was always going to be crucial and a 0-0 draw isn’t a bad result to set up another fascinating game.
“I think there is more pressure on QPR than on us now because they’re playing at home and it’s all or nothing in the second leg, it’s gives us a good chance to cause problems.”
In a game of very few clear cut chances, Gomez carved out the first shot on target of the game from a Gary Caldwell cross-field pass, forcing a reaction save from Rob Green.
The former Barcelona man went on to explain why he thought it was such a tight game, saying:
“I think it was a conservative game because there is so much to play for in this Play Off situation.
“With two legs to play, neither team would ever want to risk throwing the opening game away, but we tried to get at QPR and create chances and they defended very well.
“QPR have a very experienced squad with Premier League quality players so it’s always going to be difficult to break them down, but we have Premier League quality in our squad too and it’s our job to go out and win next time.”
Looking ahead to Monday night’s match, Gomez continued:
“It will be just as difficult in the second leg because QPR are good at their own ground, but I think we have a very good chance of going through and getting to the final at Wembley.
“We certainly have enough about us to get the result we want at Loftus Road, we just need to take our chances, because we showed last time we went down there that we can create the opportunities.
“Our supporters will be right behind us as they have been away from home this season, and if they can reproduce the atmosphere from the second half at the DW Stadium then they’ll make it another good atmosphere to play in for us.”
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