Maguire determined to help Latics beat relegation after signing loan extension.
- Harry Maguire extends Latics loan until the end of the season.
- Defender says contributing to the cause is bigger than gaining experience.
- Maguire hopes for Blackpool atmosphere to re-created at Rotherham.
“I haven’t come here just to play games, I’ve come here to help the team improve the league position and I want to give something back to the supporters,” said the 22-year-old.
“The spirit is a big thing I’ve noticed in my first six weeks here,” Maguire continued.
“It doesn’t have a feeling of a club that’s in the relegation zone, and I think that togetherness we have will help us fight to survive this season.
“Sticking together is the crucial thing. We need to put together some consecutive wins and put pressure back on the teams above us again, that way other teams will start playing with fear.
“We’re still confident that with the ability we have in this squad we can get ourselves two, three of four wins on the bounce.”
Maguire has featured in all six games since his debut for the club in the 1-0 victory against Reading last month. On the recent results, Maguire added:
“Since I joined we’ve won three out of six, which isn’t relegation form at all.
“In the three games we have lost we’ve been unlucky. Against Charlton Athletic the goals came against the run of play and against Cardiff City and Leeds United I feel we were the better team, but we left those games disappointed and on the end of 1-0 defeats.
“We’ve collected nine points from six games, they’ve all been away from home and this weekend we really need to add to that because it’s a huge game against a side we’re chasing in the league table.”
With Rotherham United up next at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday, Maguire stressed the importance of grabbing the first goal against the Millers.
“Sometimes we’ve played better in games that we’ve lost, but what it proves is just how important the first goal is.
“The team who have scored the first goal in every game I’ve been involved in has gone on to win the game, so we need to make sure that in the first 30 minutes we give nothing away and at the other end create an opening like we did at Reading and Norwich.
“The first goal is so crucial, especially to us defenders because it gives us something to hold onto and something to thrive on.”
Over 1,000 supporters are set to travel to South Yorkshire for this weekend’s game, and Maguire hopes it will be a similar atmosphere to that of the 3-1 away win at Bloomfield Road at the end of February.
“The fans have been great to me here, and celebrating with them against Blackpool was a great feeling. Even though we’re third bottom in the league; they’re still travelling big distances to follow us.
“At Blackpool they really help us through the game, they were the difference that day and hopefully they can be the difference again against Rotherham.”