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“IT WAS BRILLIANT SPIRIT” – KIERNAN REFLECTS ON DERBY

26 October 2014

Kiernan praises mental side of performance as Latics get back to winning ways.

  • Hopefully this can kick-start something
  • James McClean was excellent
  • The fans were unbelievable

Latics defender Rob Kiernan praised the “brilliant spirit” his side showed as they came from behind to record a first win since August at Derby County.

Uwe Rosler said post-match that many would have crumbled after James Tavernier’s saved penalty was followed up seconds later by a John Eustace opener for the hosts and Kiernan echoed his manager’s sentiments, adding that the result at the iPro Stadium could kick-start Latics’ campaign.

“It was brilliant spirit,” Kiernan said. “[With] the form we’ve been in and the results we’ve had, everyone was writing us off but we knew today that, if we could upset them, something could happen and it did.

“We needed that because everyone is under pressure with the results; we knew that, it was a good result and hopefully it can kick-start something.

“It’s not really what’s needed to get us going, it’s just been that lack of form, results and that bit of luck that hasn’t been going our way and today, even after we missed the penalty in the first half and went 1-0 down, to come back and win 2-1 was great spirit.

“Last season we managed to kick on from this sort of time roughly so hopefully we can do that again.”

Kiernan reserved special praise for the match-changing performance of second-half substitute James McClean who bagged twice to seal the three points for Rosler’s side.

“James has been excellent,” he added. “He’s in good form and was annoyed not to be starting like any player would be but we need him whether it’s from the start or to come on and make a difference.

Equally, Kiernan was pleased on a personal level to return to the team after a few weeks out of the starting XI and he says he’s working on his game to become a more complete defender whilst he also assured the fans, who he described as unbelievable, he’ll be ready to go again for Fulham after limping off towards the end of the clash in the East Midlands.

“I’ve been a bit upset with myself because I’ve been out of the team for a few weeks,” Kiernan explained. “I made a couple of mistakes that probably cost us a couple of goals and it hurts.

“I’ve been working hard in training to work on areas that I’ve struggled with and I knew today was going to be tough but I just wanted to be solid I thought the back four did well.

“I tried to carry on but I knew I couldn’t run so it’s just one of them that was best for the team.

“The fans were unbelievable at the end; the supporters stuck with us and we’re thankful for that and hopefully we can give them something to smile about a bit more often now.”

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