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JAASKELAINEN PLEASED WITH CRUCIAL DOUBLE SAVE

28 February 2016

Latics’ experienced goalkeeper believes double save came at a crucial time in win over Bury.

  • “We were excellent.” – Jaaskelainen.
  • 40-year-old pleased with three points and clean sheet.
  • Experienced keeper says we must focus on our own results rather than elsewhere.
Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen admitted the timing of his double save to deny Bury a goal back in Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Shakers was crucial.

The 40-year-old denied both Danny Mayor and Tom Pope in superb fashion in quick succession on the stroke of half-time before stopping a Ryan Lowe header early in the second-half.

Three saves from the top drawer from the man with over 500 Premier League appearances to his name, who now has four clean sheets in his last five games.

“The main thing was that we got the three points and the clean sheet,” Jaaskelainen said. “But yes it was a crucial time to make the double save in the first-half as it made sure we came in 3-0 up.”

Reflecting on Latics’ performance as a whole as they extended their Sky Bet League One unbeaten run to 12 games, Jaaskelainen says momentum has been built for Tuesday’s trip to fellow promotion chasers Millwall.

“We were excellent,” he added. “We only gave them a couple of chances and could have scored more ourselves but especially in the second-half the way we came through the game was good.

“It sets up nicely for a big game on Tuesday night which we will hopefully go into and keep another clean sheet and keep going on this good run that we are on at the moment.”

Results went Latics’ way on Saturday, but Jaaskelainen was keen to keep the focus on ourselves so that the good work done in the past six months doesn’t get undone.

“I don’t look too much at the table but the main thing is ourselves,” Jaaskelainen continued. “If we don’t win and don’t keep this run going then it doesn’t matter what other teams do. As long as we keep winning and keep our results going in the right direction then that is the main thing.

“We’re in a good place; we need to keep it up now because we don’t want to throw it away after coming back from a not so perfect start to the season.

“We’re in the top two places, we now just have to kick on and keep going otherwise all this good work will go out of the window.”

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