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MAX POWER: “LATE GOAL DEVASTATING FOR EVERYONE”

18 December 2016

Midfielder left dejected after much-improved performance from his side is not rewarded with three points.

  • Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power reflects on 3-2 defeat to Ipswich Town.
  • Power: “Yanic was tremendous”
  • "All we can do is keep fighting,” says 23-year-old.
Wigan Athletic midfielder cut a frustrated figure as Latics finally got back on the scoresheet at the DW Stadium only to lose their normal resilience at a crucial point in the game to lost 3-2 to Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Power said: 

“Normally I can say what I am feeling but it is hard because I don’t think we could have done much more today.

“Again, we started the game poorly and that’s something we need to eradicate quickly because we are doing it in too many games.

“It wasn’t a penalty, we have looked back on it and it was outside the box, so we were unfortunate there. But then after their goal we responded well and got back into the game, and then I thought it looked as if there was only going to be one team in the game.

“We went 2-1 up after we had longed for a long-time to take the lead in a game because we had showed previously how resilient we can be. We have let them come back into the game, though, and to concede a goal so late on is devastating for the lads.

“The game was won and lost in both boxes; Ipswich didn’t cause us too many problems but they have had chances in the box and finished them. We flashed balls across the box, their keeper has made some good saves but we know we should be taking those chances and when you’re down there, this is what happens.

“Any fan leaving the DW Stadium today will have seen us give everything but maybe we are just lacking that final bit of quality.”

Power himself took the game by the scruff of the neck and, though his free-kick was followed up by Yanic Wildschut for 1-1 in the first-half, he was twice denied a first goal of the season by an inspired Bartosz Bialkowski either side of half-time.

The midfielder admitted afterwards it was disappointing to not get the goal his performance deserved, though he can’t let it get him down.

“I said in my interview in the programme that it’s been the longest I have gone without a goal and I couldn’t have hit three strikes any better than I did today really but the goalkeeper pulled off three good saves,” Power explained.

“I am not going to sulk about it, I’ll brush myself down get back into training next week and prepare for Rotherham. That’s all we can do, we have to keep fighting for everyone, for ourselves, and you never want to let your teammates, your family or the fans down. We can’t work any harder than we are but maybe we just need to work a bit smarter sometimes.”

One player who did make the net bulge was Wildschut, and his performance was praised by Power, though he felt the Dutchman was evidence of Latics’ frustrating spell in front of goal.

“Yanic showed what he could do by taking his goal really well,” he added. “I had a little pop at him at the end because sometimes he does the hard things so well and gets into that great position but then, that’s what we’re on about, the quality in the box is needed to hit the target.

“I am not knocking Yanic, though, he was tremendous today and he has shown how much of a real threat he can be.

“We all know what he can do and in the second-half and I think we stopped getting out to him for some reason when we went 2-1 up. When you know Yanic is on that sort of form then you need to keep getting the ball out to him and let him do his thing but I think we stopped doing that in the second-half.”

Latics now face a crunch game at Rotherham United on Boxing Day, and Power acknowledged the magnitude of the game at the New York Stadium.

“As I said in my programme notes, every game you go into now has to approached as a must-win game. There is no point hiding from that fact or shying away from things, this is what we are in football for,” Power said.

“Last year, it was the pressure of winning games to go to the top of the league, this year it’s winning games to stay in the league.

“I am certain that every player in this squad is fully in this fight together and we’re all wanting to pull out of it.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but we have to get on with it in another game against Rotherham next week. We go into that game knowing we have to win; there are still a lot of games left and, when I spoke after the Derby game last week, I said we all know how serious the situation is and that we have to start winning games because we are in a relegation battle.”

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