Goalkeeper pleased with Wigan Athletic debut as Latics draw 0-0 with Walsall at the DW Stadium.
- 40-year-old is Latics’ oldest-ever league debutant.
- Jaaskelainen makes first professional start in 14 months.
- Jussi now focused on Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Crewe Alexandra.
Latics goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen spoke of his delight at returning to league football and keeping a clean sheet on his Wigan Athletic debut after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Walsall at the DW Stadium.
Jaaskelainen thwarted the Saddlers on multiple occasions and produced a calm performance to help his side keep their first clean sheet since August’s 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, six games ago.
Speaking post-match to LaticsPlayerHD, Jaaskelainen said:
“We defended well as a team; ideally we would have scored with the chances we created but overall it is a good start, especially for me, keeping a clean sheet as I have not played a league game in a year-and-a-half – I started a cup game and came on a couple of times – but it is nice to be back and I am feeling OK.
“They didn’t create many chances because we defended well and now we need to carry on and try and get some points on the board.”
The draw protected Latics’ unbeaten start in League One at the Stadium and Jaaskelainen believes that record will be crucial come the end of the season.
“It is massive for us to stay unbeaten at home throughout the season if we want to get to the top six and then the top two and on to the Championship,” he explained. “We want to keep this home record up and start picking up points away from home too.”
Not getting carried away by his first start in a Latics shirt, Jaaskelainen says he is just focused on Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Crewe Alexandra and not the long-term future of the number one spot at Wigan Athletic.
“I am a Wigan player now, the only thing I want to do is help the team as much as I can,” Jaaskelainen said. “If I am playing I want to help the team as much as I can, if I am not I will help in other ways.
“I have got a chance to keep my place now but I don’t get too carried away and just want to focus on the next game.”