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18 January 2016

Midfielder praises dressing room environment as he produces Man of the Match performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chesterfield.

  • Power: “This team has ambition.”
  • 22-year-old happy with fifth goal of the season in win over the Spireites.
  • Former Tranmere Rovers man now striving for Latics to extend their unbeaten run.

Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power feels his teammates and the staff at Latics are creating the right environment for him to produce his best form.

The 22-year-old has continued to develop this season and is now an integral part of Gary Caldwell’s side alongside David Perkins in midfield.

After signing for the club from Tranmere Rovers in the summer, Power has made 29 appearances in all competitions.

“I am really enjoying my football,” Power said. “I’ve had a tough few years where I wasn’t enjoying my football most weeks and it is nice now to be back in a team with loads of ambition where we want to win every game we play in.

“It is a great dressing room, I love it here and the environment helps.”

Power bagged his fifth goal in a Latics shirt in the 3-1 success over the Spireites, and it was arguably his best to date.

And the Birkenhead-born midfielder says he was pleased to be on the mark, especially as it kick-started a performance that put right Latics’ three-goal collapse against Sheffield United five days earlier.

“I am delighted to get on the scoresheet,” he added. “I was disappointed on Tuesday as I had a chance late on to kill the game off but I put it over the bar. I’ll take anyone scoring, though, to get us the three points.

“I had a chance for a second; I probably had more time than I thought and I took the shot early but that was probably because I had lung-busted 50 yards and I was out of breath by the time I got there.

“We create a lot of chances, sometimes we are not ruthless enough to kill games off and we should have probably got four or five against Chesterfield.”

Now Power has set the target for Latics of putting together an extended unbeaten run to add to the six games Gary Caldwell’s side have remained without defeat since their loss to Blackpool in early December.

And the midfielder has his sights set on the four teams above Latics in Sky Bet League One.

“We haven’t got a midweek game for a while now so we will have a good week in preparation for every Saturday game,” Power explained. “We will treat every game as a cup final because we know that if we put a really good run together we are well in with a chance.

“We still have to play the teams above us; early in the season we didn’t take points off them but we have played Gillingham now and beaten them so we look forward and will hope to do the same when we play the likes of Coventry, Walsall and Burton.”

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