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26 January 2016

Defender discusses Crewe draw, his first goal and positivity in the dressing room.

  • Reece Wabara on 1-1 draw with Crewe.
  • Defender scored first goal on just his second start.
  • Wabara enjoying warm welcome to Latics.

Reece Wabara made just his second appearance for Latics on Saturday afternoon during the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League One, notching his first goal for the club in style with a 20 yard volley to give his side the lead.

The defender, who also assisted a goal on his debut for Reece James against Chesterfield, was delighted to open his account on Saturday, but ultimately disappointed not to have won the game.

“I’m happy to get on the score sheet, it’s just a shame we didn’t get the three points.

“We created quite a lot of chances, we just need to be more clinical in front of goal, because I thought overall we deserved to win the game.

“It was a difficult game, Crewe worked hard and showed quality in the final third which made it a test for us.

“Crewe played well, counter attacked us well and didn’t play like they were bottom of the table, but there are no excuses from us, we simply have to be clinical when we get opportunities like those we got.

“Fortunately for us, result elsewhere went the right way, so it hasn’t hurt us, but it’s a shame we’ve not been able to take further advantage.”

The draw at the Alexandra Stadium extended Latics’ unbeaten run to seven games and move them up one place into fourth in the table.  Wabara admits the current form has made it easier for him to settle, as has the atmosphere at the club.

“The lads have been great, the spirit and the positivity of the dressing room was something I noticed straight away.

“It’s been good to come into the team on an unbeaten run, everyone is full of confidence and we go into every game with the mentality to win.

“We know that if we can keep clean sheets we should win games because of the quality we’ve got going forward, but Saturday was just one of those days.”

Wabara experienced his first away match with Latics at the weekend, with the 24-year-old and his team mates backed by 2,257 supporters.

“We really appreciate the support”, Wabara continued.

“The numbers were huge and the noise was great, especially for me in the first half when I was playing along that touchline.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t win for them, but we’ll go again and next time look to work even harder to collect the three points.

“The main thing I’ve noticed is how much of a family club it is here, and to see that many people wanting to follow us away from home is a great example of that.”

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