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4 March 2015

Malky praises ‘tight knit’ group and says three points are much deserved for Latics’ travelling supporters.

  • Malky Mackay on 1-0 win against Norwich.
  • Supporters deserve special praise after away win.
  • Performance an example of tight knit group.
Malky Mackay was buoyant following a crucial 1-0 victory at Carrow Road against high-flying Norwich City, praising the collective display of his team, but also those who travelled the near five-hour journey to Norfolk.

Latics grabbed an early goal courtesy of Kim Bo-Kyung, his second in two games, holding out for over 82 minutes to take the points from a Norwich side which had previously won six in a row.

“We always knew it was going to be a tough one here tonight, especially with Norwich coming off the back of some scintillating form,” said Mackay.

“We were up against the best squad in the division, but we knew there was a way for us to play and get the three points and my team certainly rose to the challenge.

“I thought we were well organised in both halves, we scored very early on, but after that I thought we were nice and calm in possession and Norwich didn’t have many testing attempts on our goal, despite having a lot of the ball.

“It was a very disciplined performance from our players, we are starting to see things clicking together and there’s a resilience in the team right now.”

Mackay continued:

“A lot has been said about the players we have brought to the club in January because we had loan players and players join us on a free, but every one of them has drawn a resilience from that and the group as a whole is performing really well.

“We’ve also had three or four pretty devastating long term injuries and an illness, so it has become a pretty small squad, one which has got a real togetherness.

“We don’t have any of the baggage that came before and they’re showing that they desperately want to help this club stay in this division.

“Tonight was a perfect example of how tight a group we have.”

Despite Latics scoring early in the game, Mackay said it did nothing but spur his players on:

“Scoring early can work both ways, sometimes it can give the opposition plenty of time to get back into things, but we stuck together, we battled hard and we proved why we believe we can stay in this division.

“It was a fantastic goal from Kim Bo, it’s quite obvious why I brought him to this football club and in the last two games he’s added goals to his excellent performances.”

Around 150 Latics supporters made the five hour journey down to Norfolk, with Mackay reserving special praise for every single one:

“Nobody deserves the three points more than those supporters who travelled all this way to Norwich.

“I know just how difficult it is to get here, especially on a midweek evening having done the journey myself so many times, and every single supporter who made it down is a shining example of the passion within this club.

“Now we’ve got to give all of our supporters something to really believe in on Saturday when we play Leeds, it’s another massive game for us and we’ll give 100% to deliver.”

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