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4 January 2016

Craig Morgan reflects on positive results.

  • Latics picked up seven points from nine over Christmas and New Year.
  • Morgan happy with results and improved away form.
  • Captain expects completely different game against Gillingham on Thursday.
Speaking after Latics’ 1-1 draw away to Scunthorpe United on Saturday, captain Craig Morgan shared his thoughts on the team’s seven points from nine matches over the festive fixture period.

The 30-year-old said:

“I think we have to be pleased with our return of seven points from a possible nine in three away fixtures over the Christmas period; ideally we would have taken nine and that is what we went to Scunthorpe United to do, because we knew what that would do for us in terms of keeping up the pace with the sides above us.

“We went in to the dressing room after the game a little bit disappointed not to have won the match but with three home games to come we have given ourselves a platform to build on.

“Both teams went for the win at Scunthorpe but I felt we went a bit harder than they did, though, and in the last 20 minutes I really felt we were going to go on and get a winner as we flashed a lot of balls around their six yard box but couldn’t quite find the goal.

“On another day, one would have gone in and we would have gone on and won the game; we have scored lots of late goals this season and it was just a shame we couldn’t add to that at Scunthorpe.”
Latics are unbeaten away from home since September, a run of nine matches, something which has delighted Morgan and the rest of the squad.

“Our away form has improved, it is something we knew we needed to better after we started slowly on the road and we discussed at length how we could do it.

“Fortunately it has come off for us in the last few months. Our points return away from home is good but it will have to continue, especially if we want to get close to the automatic promotion spots.”

Next up for Latics is the first of three consecutive home fixtures, with high-flying Gillingham visiting the DW Stadium on Thursday night.

Looking ahead to the clash with one of Latics’ promotion rivals, Morgan continued:

“Gillingham is a big game for many reasons. Firstly it is on Sky Sports and it is the start of a three game run at home in which we want to collect nine points from.

“It is also an important game given the fact Gillingham are challenging for promotion like ourselves and I expect it will be a completely different style of game to the one we lost down there early in the season.

“We were still a very fresh group in that early season period and still getting to know each other and we didn’t really produce anywhere near our best on that day.  Hopefully Thursday will be completely different.”

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