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“WE’RE DETERMINED TO MAKE IT A FITTING END TO AN ENJOYABLE SEASON” – STEPHEN WARNOCK

28 April 2016

Defender aims to end season on ‘incredible high’ with potential title clincher at Blackpool.

  • Stephen Warnock looks ahead to Bloomfield Road trip.
  • Latics' face Blackpool in final away fixture of the season.
  • Defender says Latics are fully focused on winning the Sky Bet League One title.
Latics head to Blackpool on Saturday knowing that promotion to the Sky Bet Championship will be officially confirmed should they avoid defeat, but defender Stephen Warnock insists the team have their sights firmly set on being crowned Sky Bet League One champions, with victory all but sealing the division’s title.

“We’re excited more than anything, knowing that we can wrap things up and finish the season on an incredible high,” Warnock said.

“The idea when I came in was to get promoted with the team and win the league.  Everyone round the place has been working hard for that all season and I got the feeling when I arrived that all of the players and staff were so determined to see it through.

“From what I’ve seen supporters saying on social media it’s been an enjoyable season for them and Saturday could be a fitting end.

“Everyone says we’re arguably the best team in the league, we feel we are and that we try to play exciting football, so to go and win the league would just top everything off.”

Latics have lost just one of nine matches since Warnock’s arrival on loan from Derby County in early March, but the 34-year-old said the single defeat away at Doncaster Rovers has been a help rather than a hindrance.

“I was fortunate enough to be involved in a strong unbeaten run at Derby County at the start of the season, and the run I’ve been on with the lads since I came in has been really enjoyable, having only lost one game.

“Our form has been blotted by the Doncaster result and we let ourselves down which was disappointing because it would have been great to finish the season unbeaten, going into next season on a high.

“We moved on from that quickly getting a very good point at Burton Albion and then backed it up with that great victory against Southend United at the weekend.”



Warnock and Sam Morsy celebrate victory over Southend.

Warnock continued, admitting Latics could face a difficult task at Blackpool, similar to the one faced at Doncaster.

“I think it’s going to be a similar challenge that we had at Doncaster in the fact that Blackpool are also battling to stay in this division.

“Losing to Doncaster could be a blessing in disguise for us because we know we can’t turn up at Blackpool and think we’re going to roll them over comfortably.

“With it being a local game as well, Blackpool aren’t going to want to potentially see us seal the league title and have a bit of a party at their own ground, so I’ve got no doubt they’ll make this a tough game.

“We’ve got to be selfish at this stage of the season; Saturday has to be all about us achieving our aim.”

Reflecting on his time at the club so far, Warnock added.

“I’ve enjoyed every second of being here, the lads are great and the staff have been brilliant.  I felt accepted into the group straight away and that made it easy to drop into the way the gaffer wants the team to play.

“It’s been an easy transition for me and hopefully people have liked what I’ve been doing.  I’d like to continue to be a part of the team, but that’s going to have to be a discussion to have after the season has finished.”

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