Hull City loanee reflects on Reading win and praises goal-scorer and defensive partner Jason Pearce.
Maguire looks to build partnership with Pearce ahead of busy run of games.
We won our personal battles on the evening.
We need to follow Reading win up with home successes.
Latics defender Harry Maguire heaped praise on centre back partner Jason Pearce after Latics recorded a 1-0 away victory at Reading on Tuesday evening thanks to the former Leeds United defender’s goal at the Madejski Stadium.
A superb team effort was rewarded as Pearce’s 17th minute strike proved enough for Latics to secure a valuable three points in their quest for Sky Bet Championship survival.
And the 21-year-old, who joined Latics for a month earlier in February, felt the battling qualities Malky Mackay’s side showed were the reason behind their success.
“Jason was brilliant all the way through the night, as were all the lads, and that’s the performance we need to take forward and hopefully me and Jason can get a little bit of a partnership going and keep a lot more clean sheets in the coming games,” the former Sheffield United man explained.
“Today there were a lot of high balls that were played direct up to their two strikers and we knew that was going to be a battle.
“They had a few chances from set-pieces and we know we need to tighten up on them but it’s always a battle in the Football League and the gaffer reiterated before the game the importance of winning your personal battles and that’s what we did.”
And Maguire was quick to add those qualities need to continue as Latics face three games in quick succession as Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City visit the DW Stadium before Mackay’s side head to Blackpool at the end of February.
“It was tough out there because the pitch was bobbly and it was a fight; we had to win our battles, we had to win the first and second balls and we did that,” he added.
“I felt that towards the end we came on stronger and we missed a few chances to seal the game and make it a little bit more comfortable for ourselves.
“I’ve come in, I want to help the team, I want to try and pick up results and thankfully on my debut we got a clean sheet and a big three points which we can take into Friday because that has now become an even bigger game because we can’t win at Reading and not back it up.
“Charlton, Cardiff and Blackpool come thick and fast and they’re all good teams but hopefully we can go on a little run.”
Maguire also reserved praise for the 198 fans who made the trip from Wigan to Reading on Tuesday evening and he was happy that the result sent the supporters on their long journey back in high spirits.
“It was a great little following from Wigan and we wanted to do it for the fans who have that long journey back,” Maguire continued.
“Hopefully it was a lot happier for them on the back of the result, it certainly was for us.”