Defender heaps the praise on Latics supporters after scoring in 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.
- “The fans gave us confidence” – Donervon.
- Daniels off the mark for Latics with first-half strike.
- Defender believes victory over the Iron gives confidence ahead of Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.
Not even queued to give a quote on the fans, the former West Bromwich Albion defender answered:
“It was a fantastic performance from the boys; I thought the fans gave us a massive lift and the confidence to play out from the back, play through the middle third and dominate Scunthorpe.
“The fans tonight made a massive difference to our performance.”
The 21-year-old opened his account for the club, scoring the second goal of the evening with a well driven strike.
And he was pleased to get off the mark with a nice finish.
“I was over the moon to get a goal; Chris McCann is claiming an assist for getting the ball to me in such an open area in the box but I hit the back of the net and I was really happy with that,” Daniels explained.
“We’ve been working on finishing all week; the gaffer has wanted us to shoot when we get around the area and I didn’t hesitate.”
Leon Barnett was preferred for the visits of Bury and Doncaster Rovers to the DW Stadium, with Daniels dropping to the bench.
And, though he was disappointed to be left out for those fixtures, Daniels says it has pushed him to show manager Gary Caldwell that he can be trusted.
“As a centre-half, you know if you’re out of the team you’ve got to keep focused and keep working and showing the gaffer that he can trust you,” he added. “I’ve done that throughout pre-season and I felt I was a bit unlucky to have been left out in the first place but I got my head down, worked and then supported the boys who were playing. I want to keep my place in the team for as long as I can.”
Saturday sees Latics travel to high-flying Gillingham, and Daniels is expecting a tough test in Kent.
“Saturday will be tough away at Gillingham; they’ve started the season well,” Daniels continued. “I think we’ve got a lot of confidence going into the game now, though, so we’re going to be focused, hard-working and look forward to replicating the performance of tonight’s game."