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19 October 2015

Midfielder revels in Colchester United result and performance but knows importance of away double-header.

  • “Let’s kick on and show this league what we’ve got coming.” – Power.
  • 22-year-old pleased to score first DW goal in Saturday’s win over Colchester United.
  • Power full of superlatives for fellow midfielder David Perkins.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power says this week’s away games at Peterborough United and Bradford City provide Latics with the opportunity to make a real statement of intent in Sky Bet League One.

After Saturday’s 5-0 win over Colchester United at the DW Stadium, Latics extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games and Power feels Latics’ early season work came to fruition against the U’s.

“I think that performance has been coming,” Power said. “We had drawn the last four and I felt we should have won all of them. I think everything came together, we blew them away inside 15 minutes and when we play like we know we can be more than a match for anyone in this league.

“Teams are starting to fear coming to the DW Stadium and you could see that today that after we got the first goal Colchester didn’t know what to do.

“We’ve got an important game on Tuesday away to Peterborough, our away form needs to be put right but I don’t think we are too far away, I think the performances have been coming and Saturday’s result will have raised a few eyebrows in this league.

“The gaffer said to us after Colchester that this is a very important week for the club and if we can get two positive results, it puts us in a great position going into a busy November and Christmas period.

“It is time to kick on now and show this league what is coming.”

Power opened his DW Stadium account in the win over Colchester with a deflected strike after scoring his first goal for the club in the draw at Oldham Athletic last month, whilst Will Grigg and Donervon Daniels bagged a brace apiece and Power, who was pleased with his first home goal, says the return of Grigg will help Gary Caldwell’s side in their promotion bid.

“They all count! I think it was on target anyway and it has took a deflection, I have got that bit of luck as you sometimes do and I am delighted to get my first goal at the DW Stadium and bring my celebration out again,” Power added.

“I think Will has been a bit unfortunate with his injury and then having to go away with Northern Ireland which has meant it has been a bit stop-start for him but if he gets a good run of games he will score goals because his record in this division speaks for itself. His second goal on Tuesday was brilliant and you can see his quality from that.

“We won’t be hearing the end of Donervon scoring two goals as well but I am delighted for him and it was a good day.”

Power has struck up a partnership with former Colchester man David Perkins in recent weeks, with the pair pulling strings in midfield for Latics and the Birkenhead-born midfielder was full of praise for his teammate, who is 11 years his senior.

“Perks is an example to everyone on the pitch,” Power continued. “At 33, he won’t mind me saying he is no spring chicken in football terms but his fitness levels, the amount of ground he covers and how he talks on the pitch makes him a fantastic asset to the team, I love playing with him and hopefully we can keep our partnership going.”

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