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HONEST REFLECTION FROM MAX POWER AFTER BLACKPOOL DEFEAT

13 December 2015

Midfielder disappointed with defeat and admits Latics weren’t good enough in defeat to the Seasiders.

  • Power frustrated with unacceptable Latics performance.
  • 22-year-old says no time for panic and that Gary Caldwell’s side will bounce back.
  • Midfielder feels Barnsley trip can’t come soon enough.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power admitted the performance in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Blackpool was far from the required standard, though he feels it is far from time to panic as Latics have gone three Sky Bet League One games without a win following their 11-game unbeaten run between September and November.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Power said:

“We had long discussions in the dressing room after the game and we know that the performance was not good enough and it was not acceptable, especially with the talent we have got in the squad.

“Talent isn’t enough, though, and we have to do the ugly side of things.


“Credit to Blackpool, they didn’t come here to open up and play football, they’ve just hit us with a set-piece and then sat in and done it well, a lot of teams are coming here to do that but we’ve still got to be better.

“We had two strikers in the box a lot but we didn’t cross the ball enough and then the strikers got fed up of making runs into the box so, when we did start crossing the ball, they weren’t in there to get it.

“It is just little things that can be put right on the training ground, I don’t think we should panic, we’ve got more than enough quality to come through this and push on. 

“We can’t say that every week, though, we’ve all got to take responsibility because it wasn’t good enough.”

The former Tranmere Rovers man did, however, reinforce the message that this isn’t the time to panic, and that he believes Latics will come through this period stronger.

“I don’t think it is time to panic; every team goes through a sticky patch and if this is ours then I fully believe we’ll come through it on the other side,” Power explained. “Saturday was only our second league defeat since September and that says a lot about us as a team but we know the last couple of weeks haven’t been good enough and it is up to us to put it right.

“It is down to hard work now, you look through our team and, no disrespect to Blackpool, you wouldn’t pick any of their players over ours, in my opinion.

“We’ve got to get back to playing the flowing football that brought us our success but, at the same time, the pitch and conditions are changing and it is up to us to adapt to that.”

Next weekend, Latics kick off a run of four games in two weeks with a trip to Barnsley and Power is keen to put Saturday’s performance right at Oakwell, as well as gaining revenge for last weekend’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at the hands of the Tykes.

“As a player, you want to play as quickly as possible,” he said. “I would have liked to have played Barnsley this Tuesday to put it right but we’ve got another long week of training ahead to work on things.

“We’ll go to Barnsley, they knocked us out of the cup last week so there is a bit of an extra incentive to go and win in the league. 

“There is still a lot of football to be played but we can’t wait too long because teams at the top could pull away.”

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