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MAGUIRE – “FIRST GOAL WAS CRUCIAL”

28 February 2015

Defender talks about his first Latics goal in win over Blackpool.

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Defender Harry Maguire, who opened his Wigan Athletic account in the 3-1 victory over Blackpool at the weekend, says the first goal proved crucial in Latics’ victory on the Seaside on Saturday.

Kim Bo-kyung opened the scoring for Latics on the stroke of half-time and Maguire, who added the second before James McClean’s third, felt the result proved just reward for the players’ ability to stay positive all week in the build up to the game.

“We started well today and I think the first goal was crucial because, when you get it, it gives you something to defend and protect,” Maguire explained.

“That’s what happened in the end before we hit them on the counter attack three or four times, we could have possibly won by more.

“All week, we tried to be as positive as we can because we knew, even though we lost 3-0 against Charlton, we’d been unfortunate in both the home games we’d just lost.”

Maguire’s second-half goal to double the advantage came from a Jermaine Pennant set-piece and the defender was impressed by the former Liverpool winger’s delivery and says he was pleased to contribute at the other end of the field.

“My main priority is to keep clean sheets and not let many goals in but to contribute at the other end, especially when I feel like I’ve got a responsibility to do that with my size and the way the balls come into the box from set pieces, was pleasing,” he added.

“We looked a lot more of a threat from the deliveries from Jermaine and the goal was another good ball in, I got the header at the back post and got it back across goal; I think a few of the lads are saying it took a deflection and are saying it’s an own goal but I’ll take it.”

Next up for Latics is a midweek trip to Norwich City, before a home tie with Leeds United and an away clash at Rotherham United.

And Maguire feels it’s essential to put a run of results together if Latics are to stay in the Sky Bet Championship.

“Norwich are on fire at the minute,” he added. “They’re looking to get into the top two and I feel they’re one of the best teams in the league so it’s going to be tough but if we play well we can always get a result.

“We need to try and put a run together because then it’s Leeds at home and Rotherham away; we’ll need something out of those games if we want to stay up.”

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