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“THE HARD WORK IS PAYING OFF” – CRAIG DAVIES

21 October 2015

Davies delighted to be back and determined to keep working hard.

  • Craig Davies on 3-2 win at Peterborough.
  • Forward returned from injury after seven games out.
  • Davies provided assist for winning goal from Max Power.
It was the perfect return to action following a hamstring injury for Craig Davies on Tuesday night, as he played a big hand in Latics’ 3-2 victory at Peterborough United, coming on as a substitute to assist Max Power’s winning strike eight minutes from time.

The forward had been missing since Latics’ 3-2 defeat to Port Vale, but said it his return went exactly how he hoped it would.

“It’s been good, I’ve been back in training for a week, so it was nice to finally be back.

“The result was brilliant, it followed up really well from an excellent performance on Saturday, the boys played really well at the weekend, so to come back into the team tonight with the boys on such a high is a massive boost.

“To feature in a successful team and to be part of Max’s goal is something I’m really happy with.”

Davies returned just five minutes before Peterborough grabbed their equaliser, but Latics made an immediate response, with the forward chesting the ball down and teeing up Power a minute later. He continued:

“The scenes were great at the end after Max scored.  We were 2-0 up and kind of cruising, but that’s what this league is like sometimes, you can be cruising like we were and then the next thing you know you’re drawing.

“We showed character again, which we’ve done on numerous occasions already this season to come back and get points from games.”

Davies was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 5-0 victory against Colchester United, and despite being frustrated at being out for a large spell of games, he was full of praise for the time and attention given to him by the medical staff at Christopher Park.

“It took longer than I initially expected to get back, it was a little bit frustrating, but the medical team have been really good with me.

“They weren’t trying to rush me back and made me do everything properly, so hopefully that’ll be me sorted for the season and I can just get my head down and crack on now.”

With both Yanic Wildschut and Will Grigg on target for Latics last night, Davies said the competition for places up front is demanding, adding that he’ll always work hard for his place, no matter what.

“I really want to help the boys push on because I’ve come back at a good time when we’ve started picking up good results, and hopefully we can go on a good run now and continue to get wins like this one.

“You always have to work hard regardless of whether the squad is big or small.  Everyone wants to do well for themselves, that’s just natural and the type of person that I am, but the main thing is making sure you do your part for the team.

“Whether the squad is 15 players big or 30 players big, I’m still going to work hard and do my best for the club.”

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