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PERCH – “WE KNEW WE HAD TO STAND UP AND FIGHT”

4 March 2015

Captain reflects on memorable 1-0 victory at Carrow Road.

  • Gap to safety cut to just six points after Kim Bo-kyung goal seals victory against Norwich City.
  • Perch praises “brilliant” team performance."
  • Winning breeds confidence and we want to make it three on Saturday” – Perch.
Latics captain James Perch praised a brilliant team performance as Malky Mackay’s side made it three consecutive away wins with a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Wednesday evening.

Kim Bo-kyung’s second goal since joining the club in February was the difference between the two sides as Latics moved above Millwall into 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship table, keeping their survival bid alive ahead of two crucial games against Leeds United and Rotherham United in the next ten days.

And Perch says the fight amongst the Latics group was decisive in securing the three points in Norfolk.

“As everyone could see, we put 100% into everything tonight and it wasn’t pretty by a long stretch but when you come to Carrow Road, you know if you try and be too pretty, you’re going to get beat because they’re a good footballing side,” the 29-year-old said.

“We knew we had to stand tall and fight. 

“It was brilliant; I thought it was a great goal from Kim-Bo and we had a couple more chances with James [McClean] having a good volley but overall there weren’t too many chances for either side and it proved important to get that first goal.

“We know Norwich are a good side and the new gaffer has come in and done fantastic but I thought we did brilliantly, they didn’t fight as much as us and that’s what got us the three points.”

Perch is now hoping Latics can build on their back-to-back victories as Leeds visit the DW Stadium on Saturday, fresh off the back of a good run of form themselves.

“I think winning gives you confidence, no matter how it comes or where it is,” he added. “To get two wins on the bounce now rolls us onto the next one and it’s good in the Championship that we haven’t got a week to wait and we can get straight back into it in three days’ time.

“We’ll try and make it three on the bounce now, that’s what we’re looking for and we’ll take confidence from winning at Norwich.”

Carrow Road’s home support was unsettled from Kim’s opener and constantly on the back of the referee and Latics players and Perch says it was a good environment to play in as well as praising the support of around 150 fans who made the trip from Wigan to Norfolk.

“There’s nothing better than playing and winning, keeping the ball and the home crowd getting on their own players’ back – I love it,” Perch continued.

“Four or five hours on a Wednesday night when they’ve no doubt got work in the morning, it’s great when we can walk over at the end with three points and show our appreciation to them.”

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