Despite two defeats, midfielder settling into life well at the DW Stadium.
- Former Wolves midfielder has impressed in defeats to Bury and Coventry City.
- 23-year-old pleased with form and hoping to register first win against Doncaster Rovers on Sunday.
- Summer signing speaking at Latics event in the Grand Arcade alongside David Perkins.
Latics midfielder Michael Jacobs has settled into life well at the DW Stadium, impressing in his first two appearances for the club after joining from Wolves.
Operating between the centre of the park and in support of Will Grigg, Jacobs has shown skill and creativity in his early life as a Wigan Athletic player and, speaking at the Grand Arcade as he met Latics supporters at a Community Trust event, the 23-year-old said he has pleased on a personal level, though he hopes results improve starting Sunday against Doncaster Rovers at the DW Stadium.
“It was good to see the fans and come and see how well the club is supported,” Jacobs explained. “I’ve been here a couple of weeks and from the support I’ve had I can see there is a good fan base and a lot of people out there supporting the club.
“It’s good to talk to the fans, get their thoughts on things and I feel that’s helped me to settle in well.
“There are a lot of players, it’s a new group and it will take time to gel but I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far and I feel I’ve done alright on the pitch too.
“I think one of the main things for me is just getting the consistency of performance at this level and then the league above too if we can get there, I’m just enjoying my football and I hope to improve my performances and the way I play the game each week.
“It was a shame about the result on Tuesday but hopefully we can register that first win on Sunday and play with less pressure the following Wednesday, especially with more confidence because that first win gives you the building block to push on.”
Latics have benefitted from a couple of extra days of recovery and training ahead of Sunday’s game with their opponents having to wait until Thursday to take on Leeds United in the Capital One Cup, though Jacobs does still expect a hard-fought game with Paul Dickov’s side.
“I think it’s the luck of the draw in the cup competitions and Doncaster drew Leeds so that got picked for TV and Thursday night and that gave a couple of extra days preparation to us but they’ll be up for it after starting with a point on Saturday and they’re a fit team with Paul Dickov as there manager and some good players,” he added.
“It’s up to us, though, playing at home, to put on a show and do our best to get three points.
“Training has been good, the standard of it has always been good since I’ve been here and you can see the quality of players in the dressing room, it’s more just about producing it day in and day out.
“There are a lot of different types of players, different ages and different people and that’s a learning curve for us all to take on board how each other like to play the game.”
The former Northampton Town, Derby County and Wolves man said a marked improvement between Saturday’s defeat at Coventry City to Tuesday’s performance should encourage the squad and fans alike.
“I think we showed improvements on Tuesday night,” Jacobs continued. “We weren’t great against Coventry City but we played better football and I think structurally we looked like a better team as well.
“Hopefully there will be a good turnout and a good crowd to spur us on; the people of the town seem big on their football – even on a wet Friday afternoon they came out to see us and that’s really nice for us. The more the merrier on Sunday and if we can get the crowd behind us with a good start then there is no reason why we can’t go on and get three points.”