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20 March 2015

Ali Al Habsi reflects on 150th Latics appearance in his big interview for the programme.

  • Al Habsi is cover star and big interview against former club Bolton.
  • 150th appearance a ‘special day’ for Oman international.
  • “This derby needs to be our turning point.” – Al Habsi.
It was a big day for Ali Al Habsi at the New York Stadium last weekend, making his 150th appearance for Wigan Athletic and in turn producing a sure fire contender for save of the season in Latics’ 2-1 victory against Rotherham United.

Earlier in the week we caught up with the Oman international for the match day programme against his former club Bolton Wanderers, below is an excerpt from his interview.

You can read the full interview in Saturday’s programme by purchasing a copy at the ground or online through oPublishing by [clicking here].


“To make 150 appearances, it was a special day for me and I’m very proud, especially because we got the three points and the way the game finished with the double save I made,” Al Habsi said.

“I’m very happy, to have the fantastic support behind us once again made it even more special – we really need the fans until the end of the season.”

On his double save Al Habsi continued:

“When the striker met the ball, it went to my left and for me it’s one of the best saves I’ve made because it’s really important for me, for the fans and for the three points, it was a special day for us.

“I have a great connection with the supporters here, all the time they support me and the team and they have to keep believing in us.

“The team’s performances are showing that we believe in ourselves and that we will keep going until the last game of the season.

“Each player is doing their best to make a difference and help us get three points.”

Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Watford came as a difficult blow for Latics after a run of three wins in four games had renewed hopes of survival once again.

But Al Habsi is adamant the team are playing well enough to win on their own patch, despite a period of over six months without success here, and he feels a change of luck might be what’s needed to turn the corner at the DW Stadium.

“We’ve been unlucky at home; we just need to turn it around, and make this derby match a turning point in our season,” Al Habsi said.

“Against Leeds and Watford we’ve been fantastic but we couldn’t score the goals to get the wins.

“The Watford result was so disappointing because again we felt we performed well and deserved something from the game at home.

“We had won three out of four and looked to have turned a corner and closed the gap but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and now there is even more importance on the Bolton game.

“With great fans behind us, we can do it.”


Catch up with Latics Player co-commentator Neill Rimmer in an extended interview, as well as former Latics and Bolton manager Bruce Rioch who talks about his ‘foot in both camps’.

We’ve got all of our regular features such as On This Day, Flashback and First and Last, plus this week’s Orrell’s Post as we look at a classic Frank Orrell photo from Latics’ 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra on April 10 1982.  Take a closer look at the picture below and the day’s events in the programme.

All of this for just £3 from our sellers around the ground or online via oPublishing.

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