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22 January 2015

Perch enjoying captaincy as he expects Latics to build on point against Blackburn.

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Last Saturday saw Latics come from a goal behind against Blackburn Rovers to claim a point thanks to James McClean’s second half header, something which captain on that day James Perch believes the team can certainly build on as Huddersfield Town visit the DW Stadium this Saturday.

“We did okay at the weekend and we’re looking to build on that,” said the 29-year-old.

“It was disappointing to go a goal down, but I think we responded well, turned it around in the second half and gave ourselves some positives to take into this game against Huddersfield.

“We didn’t let Blackburn have manages chances at the beginning of the game last week, and only a wonder goal split them from us.

“When we compare our reaction against Blackburn to what happened at Birmingham City the week before, we’re really happy.

“Birmingham was a one off game whereby things just fell right for them and didn’t for us.  Conceding early goals recently is teaching us lessons.”

It wasn’t the first time Perch had led Latics out last weekend, and the defender says it’s a role he enjoys:

“The gaffer gave me the armband on Saturday and I was glad to take it, it’s a big compliment for me to be trusted as an experienced player to lead the team out.

“I’ve been captain before and it’s a role I like.  I’d say my style is more ‘leading by example’ than ranting and raving because it’s important to keep everyone calm on the pitch so we work as an effective unit.

“It’s a big responsibility at any time during the season, and of course more so when there is a lot to play for like there is now.  I’ll have to wait and see if I’m captain again on Saturday, but it’s definitely something
I like to do.”

Looking back at Latics’ meeting with the Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium in September, Perch recalled a competitive game and a physical battle.

“It was tight when we played them across in Huddersfield, their gaffer had just come in and since then they’ve been pretty steady.

“They’ve got a lot about them on and off the ball.  They’re an organised side who have had some mixed results recently, so we know it’s going to be tough.”

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