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PENNANT – “I FEEL CONFIDENT EVERY TIME”

11 April 2015

Midfielder backs himself with set-pieces after third successful free-kick of Latics career.

  • "Beckham? Beckham who?" – Pennant jokes after Fulham strike.
  • Former Liverpool and Arsenal man pleased with style of play under Gary Caldwell.
  • 32-year-old disappointed not to take all three points from Craven Cottage.


Latics midfielder Jermaine Pennant was disappointed not to come away from the capital with all three points on Friday evening as Gary Caldwell’s first match in charge ended in a 2-2 draw.

Ross McCormack and Matt Smith twice gave the hosts the lead after Pennant equalised and before Jason Pearce levelled the score in the second-half.

Reflecting on the game with Latics Player, Pennant praised the character of the players and the style under new boss Caldwell.

“They had two strikes in the first-half, good strikes, and we found ourselves 2-1 down but all credit to the lads, we didn’t drop our heads, we kept battling on and got the second,” Pennant explained.

“Full credit to the lads, it was a fantastic performance and we’re a little disappointed we didn’t come away with three points.

“I enjoyed getting the ball down and passing it, it got me more involved, it got the players up front involved as well too and it shows just how good we are technically – we could have played like this ten games ago and who knows what could have happened – but each manager has got their own style.

“We showed our quality today by coming to Fulham and dominating the game for 90 minutes; we were a bit unfortunate to not win the game and only come away with a draw.”

Pennant’s third goal of his brief Latics career to date was another free-kick whilst he also provided the set-piece that Pearce levelled from.

And the midfielder says he is feeling confident from dead ball situations.

“Just place the ball down there [25 yards from goal left of centre] and I’ll put it in the back of the net! 

“Beckham? Beckham who? He joked.

“I practice free-kicks all the time in training, I’ve been known for my set-pieces and my ability to cross the ball from an early age and now I have come of age and finally mastered it.

“Every time I’m stepping up to the ball, I’m feeling confident.

“We’ve been working on the corners, I floated it in near post and it paid off and we got rewarded for it, fair play to Pearcey [Jason Pearce] for keeping going.”

Pennant sprinted a good 70-80 yards to celebrate his strike with the travelling Wigan Athletic support and he added that it was a nice moment for him.

“It’s nice to give something to the fans to share the emotion of scoring the goal; I got a bit of stick last time for going to the manager and the lads on the bench so I thought I’d go straight to the fans.

“We’re definitely not down yet, and if we carry on passing the ball like we did today with the movement then we’ve definitely got a great chance.”

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