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2 October 2014

James Perch pleased with improvement as he praises atmosphere and the performance of James McClean against Forest.

  • McClean performance ‘brilliant’ says Perch.
  • Performance a platform for Wolves game. 
  • ‘We know we owe the fans more’ – Perch
Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest, James Perch was in a determined mood as he talked about the improvement in performance, the next game against Wolves and the impact of James McClean on the way the team came close to taking all three points.

Perch, who was making his 50th Latics league appearance, and also captained the side in the second half, began by saying:

“I think people who came and saw the game will think it was a different side to the one that played at Bournemouth at the weekend and the previous games.

“We went in with a different attitude and I thought we played well, maybe a draw was a fair result all-in-all, but I thought it was a good game.

“We could have nicked three points, we played well and had some great chances.  It was a much needed improvement and we’ll take what we’ve learned about ourselves from this game as a platform to go into the weekend against Wolves.”

Some of those great chances fell to James McClean, who was making his first start since the play-off second leg against Queens Park Rangers in May, and a player Perch says made a real impact against Forest.

“James was brilliant.  He’s only just back from injury and hasn’t played many minutes, but he was brilliant and Forest couldn’t handle him.”

On McClean’s second half chance, Perch added:

“I think maybe if it was on his left foot we would have seen the net bulging, but he had a couple of brilliant efforts all together and he’s going to be a big player for us.

“James will get goals this season with the pace and quality that he’s got, when he’s 100% he will be a real menace in this league.”

With the crowd on its feet for a number of opportunities, Perch took time to praise the fans for what he described as a tremendous atmosphere.

“We gave the fans something to shout about and we haven’t given them that much this season which hurts for us as players.

“We’ve been poor and we know we owe the fans more, and they reacted brilliantly to the tempo and attitude we gave against Forest.

“It was a great night to play football, the atmosphere was tremendous.”

Ahead of the game, Perch was our ‘Cover Star’ for the matchday programme and talked about making his 50th league appearance for the club.  After the game the former Forest man added:

“It was pretty appropriate that my 50th league game came against one of my old clubs.

“I want to be able to look back at my career and know that I’ve played as many games as I could, a career is about making the most of your chances and I’m hoping to make many more appearances in the future for this club.”

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