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“IT’S NICE TO STILL BE SHARP” – MICHAEL JACOBS ON HIS RETURN TO ACTION

30 March 2016

Jacobs scores cracker in 8-1 and discusses time on the side-lines.

  • Michael Jacobs back with a bang as he assists and scores in 30-minute Development Squad appearance.
  • Forward missing since January following a calf injury against Crewe Alexandra.
  • Jacobs discusses performance, return from injury and his stint as a co-commentator.
It’s been a long two-and-a-half months for Michael Jacobs, missing out on 11 matches after suffering a calf injury in Latics’ 1-1 draw away at Crewe Alexandra in January, but on Tuesday afternoon he finally returned to action, scoring and setting one up in a 30-minute appearance during the Development Squad’s 8-1 thrashing of Burton Albion.

By his own admittance, Jacobs looked ‘sharp’ and was involved in the build-up to five of Latics’ goals before departing just after the half an hour mark.

Delighted to be back in action, he shared his thoughts on the official YouTube channel:

“It was a good performance and it’s nice to be back out there, it’s been a couple of months out for me now, so it’s good to be stepping up my recovery.

“The assist and the goal are a good boost for my confidence, and it’s nice to still be sharp because playing as a forward it sometimes takes a little while to get that back when you’ve been injured.

“Playing the 30 minutes and getting back into full training will hopefully give me the platform to get back to where I was before the injury, because it’s been frustrating.”

Although frustrated at missing a large spell of Latics current unbeaten run of 18 matches, the eight-goal forward, has been enjoying himself away from the pitch, chipping in on Latics PlayerHD and 102.4 Wish FM as a guest summariser, something he said he can see himself doing in the future:



“I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be though, you’ve really got to concentrate and know what you’re going to say.

“Apart from kicking a few wires out the first time and battering Max (Power) a little bit in the second one, I’ve actually really enjoyed it and maybe later on in my career I’ll be able to get into something like that.  Ash has helped me out and it’s been really enjoyable.”

Jacobs helped out on commentary for back-to-back home wins against Bradford City and Rochdale, and with the impressive 4-1 win against Swindon Town sandwiched in between, the 24-year-old said confidence in the dressing room is flowing ahead of a challenging end to the season.

“The boys have been a pleasure to watch, they’ve shown people just how good we are.

“It’s been a brilliant run, especially when you consider the last time we lost away from home was back in September against Port Vale.  We’ve set a high standard for ourselves now and we’re working hard to keep that going.

“The run-in is something we’ve got to look forward to, yes there is pressure on, but we’ve dealt with it well so far and now we’ve got some enjoyable fixtures to look forward to with Burton Albion and Coventry City coming up soon.

“First it’s about Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, and we’re confident we can go there and get a result.”

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