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25 October 2015

Midfielder notches first away goal for Latics at Bradford City, after his first three came at the DW Stadium.

  • Jacobs content with point at Coral Windows Stadium to round off positive week.
  • Midfielder pleased to be off the mark away from home after his first three Latics goals came the DW Stadium.
  • Competition for places is spurring everyone on, according to 23-year-old former Wolves man.

Latics midfielder Michael Jacobs was delighted to open the scoring in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bradford City, especially with the goal marking his first away from the DW Stadium for his new club.

The 23-year-old is now hoping his 52nd minute strike at the Coral Windows Stadium will drive him on towards his double-figure target for the campaign.

“I was due an away goal, the rest of all come at home so far,” Jacobs said. “I scored at Valley Parade for Northampton a few years ago too.

“I think the keeper has done me a bit of a favour too but it was nice to get the goal and give us the lead.

“Donald [Love] has done well down the right, nicked the ball off their lad in midfield and it just set nicely for me to curl one and luckily the keeper has flapped it in the corner for me.

“I’ve got to try and score more goals, though, especially playing in a front three with Yanic [Wildschut] and Will [Grigg] and how well they’ve been playing, scoring goals regularly.”

Reflecting on the point in West Yorkshire, and the past week as a whole, Jacobs feels Latics have every reason to be positive.

“I think we’re happy with a point,” he added. “After coming into the game on the back of two victories, we were looking to win the game but we always knew it would be a hard-fought game against Bradford with them being a direct side that play a lot of back to front balls.

“We struggled to get our passing game going in the second-half and it proved to be a difficult game but I think it is a good point because I don’t think many sides will go to Bradford and pick up results this year.

“Seven points is pleasing from this week; we always go into games looking to win at home and away but we’ve had tough games; Peterborough was tough game where we grinded out a result and we put on a good display last time out at home as well.

“We’re up to fifth and we’ve got a home game to look forward to next week.”

Grant Holt and Craig Davies both appeared from the bench on Saturday as attacking options whilst a number of players who have featured early in this campaign, weren’t included in the matchday squad.

And Jacobs admits that competition for places and quality in every position is striving the players on to produce their best.

“We’ve got good strength in depth with the players we’ve got coming into the side and it puts pressure on you to produce performances because you know, if you don’t produce, there are plenty of players who can take your place,” he continued.

“Holty [Grant Holt] and Davo [Craig Davies] are big influences and they’re chomping at the bit to come in, Donald Love came off the bench and did really well too.

“We need that strength in depth, though, because it is a tough league with Saturday and Tuesday matches.”

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