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20 April 2016

Forward on the mark in the draw with the Brewers and admits a share of the spoils was probably the fairest result on Tuesday night at the Pirelli Stadium.

  • Forward Michael Jacobs starts first Latics game since picking up injury at Crewe in January.
  • Jacobs gave Latics an eighth minute lead before Tom Naylor replied for Burton.
  • Former Derby County man felt a draw was a fair result with Latics not at their fluent best.
Despite adding his ninth league goal of the season, Latics forward Michael Jacobs admitted his disappointment in Latics’ performance as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Jacobs did acknowledge that a draw was probably a fair result in Derbyshire but he says Gary Caldwell’s side want to be better on the ball than they were on Tuesday evening.

“It was nice to be back out there for me but at the end of the day we want to every game, though, and it was shame we didn’t win on the night,” Jacobs explained.

“Performance-wise we were a little bit disappointed because we felt we could have done a little bit more in terms of how we dictated the ball.

“We don’t really want to be turning games into battles; we want to be dictating the ball and trying to dominate possession.”

“In a tight game when it is first place against second, I felt a point was probably a fair outcome.”

After Jacobs had given Latics the lead, Tom Naylor levelled for hosts from a set-piece and Latics must stop conceding so many free-kicks and corners, Jacobs admitted.

“It was a great header from Tom Naylor, I know him from Derby and I thought he got up well but from our point of view it is disappointing that we conceded from a set-piece after what happened on Saturday,” he added.

“I think if we stop conceding the free-kicks in the first place then it will make life easier for ourselves.”

Latics go into Saturday’s game with Southend United at the DW Stadium knowing a victory could all-but secure promotion should Walsall or Burton lose their respective games on Saturday and Jacobs says Caldwell’s side will be looking for a big performance against the Shrimpers.

“I think we are resilient,” Jacobs continued. “The boys at the back are big and strong and I can’t remember Jussi having a save to make in the second-half and that is pleasing.

“I think the worst outcome was obviously losing the game at this stage of the season and with three games to go, two of which are at home, we can hopefully put in a better performance and hopefully that will lead to three points.

“It is nice to play at the DW; I have scored quite a lot of my goals there this season so I am excited to get back out there and get into the situation where I was before my injury.”

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