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"I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN PROUDER TO BE CAPTAIN" - CRAIG MORGAN

2 March 2016

Captain delighted with Latics' ability to deal with pressure.

  • Captain Craig Morgan's post-Millwall thoughts.
  • Praise for Latics' ability to handle 'enormous pressure'.
  • Morgan delighted with defensive record.

Speaking to Latics PlayerHD, skipper Craig Morgan spoke of his immense pride at being captain of the club following the 0-0 draw against Millwall at the Den, with his side battling for over an hour with 10-men after the dismissal of Sam Morsy.

"The boys have delighted me with the character they show and I couldn’t have been prouder to be captain of the team last night because it was some result for us to get.

"Millwall put us under enormous pressure when we were down to ten men and they are on a good run so I am proud of every single player because it was a fantastic performance.

"I think we showed a different side to our game because it's not always going to be like the win over Bury where we pass fluently, keep the ball for long periods and win football matches. We had to dig in and the ability to do that is the difference between the teams that go up and don’t and that is pleasing for us and a good sign."

With goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen turning in a stellar performance against Bury last Saturday and again at the Den against Millwall, Morgan turned to praise the collective defensive effort, which sees Latics boasting five clean sheets from their last six outings.

"We're delighted with our defensive record over the course of the season and we are extremely happy with how it has gone recently.

"To keep five clean sheets in six games in no mean feat and myself and Pearcey, along with the other defenders and Jussi, keep track of that and are very proud of it. It is not just the defenders that are earning us the clean sheets, though, it is a whole team effort, and collectively we are working from front to back to make it difficult for our opponents to score.

"In the last two games, Jussi has made some unbelievable saves and we are thankful to have somebody of his quality behind us as a defence and it certainly gives us an added confidence with the way he is playing at the moment. He has played at highest level of the game for a long time and when called upon this season he has produced the goods.

"It was inevitable that they were going to have chances in the game; we set up in a way to try and restrict them to opportunities in certain areas and I think we did that well. We had a good chance ourselves, but having been down to ten men we were delighted with the point and we will take it forwards."

With a final note for the supporters, Morgan said:

"It was massive for us to see 281 fans make the long trip and credit to them. Win, lose or draw we appreciate the support and we are very thankful for the continued backing we are getting this season."

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