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SHAUN MacDONALD: “WE HAVE TO STAY POSITIVE AND KEEP THE FAITH”

10 December 2016

Midfielder Shaun MacDonald assesses Latics’ late defeat at Aston Villa.

  • Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun MacDonald on his side’s defeat to Aston Villa.
  • Wales international urges continued positivity from “incredible support”.
  • “We played with our hearts, it’s so frustrating,” MacDonald.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun MacDonald wanted to thank Latics’ supporters for their incredible backing at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon as his side went down 1-0 to a wonder strike from Villa midfielder Jack Grealish in the 88th minute.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, he said:

“I went over to the fans after the game and put my thumbs up, obviously not for the result but to say thanks for the incredible support today and we will need them right behind us and to be as positive as they can.

“They are our 12th man, we all want to go in the right direction with them behind us.”

MacDonald admitted the blow from Grealish was bitterly disappointing for his side after they threw everything at denying the hosts.

“We were under a little bit of pressure at the end and we put our bodies on the line and played with our hearts,” MacDonald added.

“We knew it was going to be a tough place to come and, defensively, we have to take a lot of positives from the game, but it was frustrating they score the goal late on – it was a great strike from the lad – but we have to stay positive and keep the faith.”

For all of his praise for Latics’ defensive efforts, MacDonald acknowledged his side have to do better at the other end of the field.

“When you come to places like Villa Park, it will always be difficult to get chances, and the chances you have you have to try and put one away,” he explained.

“From back to front today I thought the boys worked hard defensively and we have to keep trying to build on that defensive performance and try and work on our attacking play to create more chances and try and put them away.”

Newcastle United visit the DW Stadium on Wednesday night, and MacDonald expects nothing but another difficult evening for his side against the Sky Bet Championship leaders.

“Newcastle will be another tough battle,” he continued. “We will be going into the game trying to take the positives forwards and then look to keep the ball a bit better and create a few more chances.

“We know it will be difficult but we have to go into the game believing we can get something out of it.

“They’re a massive club, we have to believe, though, have no fear and try and cause them problems.”

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