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1 November 2015

Manchester United loanee Donald Love delighted with full league debut for Wigan Athletic.

  • 20-year-old pleased Gary Caldwell has put his faith in him.
  • Love enjoying right wing back role.
  • The defender enjoyed backing from the East Stand following a number of vital challenges in the game.
An ecstatic Donald Love was left to reflect positively on his full league debut after Francisco Junior’s stoppage time goal secured a 1-0 victory over Swindon Town for Latics at the DW Stadium.

Love, who was making his first start for Latics after joining on loan from Manchester United in October, was thankful to his manager, Gary Caldwell, for placing his faith in him.

“It was a great feeling,” Love said. “The manager has put a lot of faith in me and believed I can do a job for him.

“The team have been playing well so I was pleased the opportunity came about for me to play and it is up to me to make sure I keep it now.

“The manager has been easing me into the right wing back role and getting me used to playing there as I haven’t done it much before.”

On the right wing back role that he has been asked to play, Love says he revels in the opportunity to contribute in different areas of the pitch whilst he also enjoyed the backing he got from the East Stand when making a couple of important challenges in the first-half.

“I love playing there; I get to go forwards a lot and I also have to defend,” he added. “It is tiring and towards the end I was struggling with cramp a bit and dived into a couple of stupid tackles but hopefully I can keep playing, get fitter and get used to the role.

“The fans were egging me on over in that East Stand when I was making tackles in the first-half and whenever you connect well with a tackle it feels good.”

Looking back on the game as a whole, Love was naturally pleased with the clean sheet and says Junior’s goal was the perfect end to his full league debut.

“It was a great way to finish my first league start, an important win for the lads,” Love continued. “I don’t think they had any clear-cut chances so for the team, and in particularly the back five and the keeper, it was great.”

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