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6 August 2016

Midfielder finds it hard to take positives from debut goal as Latics surrender lead to lose at Bristol City.

  • Alex Gilbey frustrated to not get a point at least at Ashton Gate.
  • Scoring on debut an “unbelievable feeling”, says Gilbey.
  • 21-year-old praises Latics’ travelling supporters.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Alex Gilbey was left disappointed as he reflected on what was an impressive debut personally as he got the opening goal in a 2-1 defeat for his new side against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The 21-year-old, who signed for Latics from Colchester United in the summer, played well throughout and his first-half performance in particular was given just reward as he fired home to finish off a good move to give Gary Caldwell’s side the lead.

Gilbey told LaticsPlayer HD afterwards he was bitterly disappointed to not take anything from the opening day of the 2016-17 campaign.

“We’re really disappointed,” Gilbey said. “I think we should have held on to our lead and for it to be two goals so late and for us to lose the game and not even get a point makes it harder to take.

“I think first-half we were very good and then we came off it a bit and allowed Bristol City to come into the game, you can’t do that with a team like Bristol City and they showed what they can do.

“We’re disappointed, but we’re lucky that we’ve got Tuesday against Oldham Athletic in the Cup. We’ll get in tomorrow, work hard and go again.”

Despite his obvious frustration at being on the losing side, Gilbey did speak of how pleased he was to mark his debut with a goal.

“It was an unbelievable feeling to score on my debut in a stadium like Ashton Gate and for a club like Wigan but ultimately I am disappointed because we came away with no points,” he explained.

Gilbey also praised the 1,200 strong travelling Latics support who were vocal throughout.

“The fans were unbelievable,” he added. “They travelled in great numbers and Bristol isn’t close at all so credit to them and I was pleased to score in front of our travelling fans.

“I’m hoping for more of that this season.”

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