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18 March 2016

Midfielder positive, but warns there are no easy games at this stage of the season.

  • Sam Morsy previews Latics' home clash with Bradford City.
  • Midfielder delighted with positivity in the dressing room.
  • "Every match we play is a big game." - Morsy.
"There are no easy games at this stage of the season," began Sam Morsy as he spoke to ahead of this weekend's clash with Bradford City at the DW Stadium.

"Every match we play is a big game regardless of the opposition.

"We were looking at some statistics the other day and on 27 January we were 5th in the table, we’re now 2nd so there has been progress, but we know we have to kick on now and the emphasis for us is always going to be win every game we play.

"It is all about consistency and the will and the desire to win."

With Bradford arriving at the DW Stadium three points inside the Sky Bet League One play-off positions, Morsy expressed the importance of the match, but stressed that all 10 of Latics' remaining fixtures carry the same magnitude.

"In a 46-game season, what game is more important? The first or the last? To me they’re all the same, you’re still fighting for three points at the end of it and you should apply yourself the same for every game.  It’s a mini-season now.

"Bradford are a good side; they’re well known for their long ball game, but they’ve also go the ability to drop into different systems as well so there are a number of ways they can be effective.

"They’re on a great run of form, it is going to be tough because Phil Parkinson has got his side set up and ready to play – it is all about us, though, and whether we can do our best."

After three consecutive draws at this stage in Latics' current unbeaten streak (which now stands at 15 matches), Morsy added that the positivity is still flowing inside the dressing room.

"The dressing room is really positive; over the course of the season you will have many ups and downs, but we are still undefeated and we’re scoring goals which is positive.

"Of course we would have liked to have beaten Colchester because we scored three goals. We definitely have things we need to improve on, but we have put ourselves in a situation where our fate is in our own hands and everything is focused on what we do and our mentality as players."

On a personal note, Morsy returned to the starting XI for the 3-3 draw at Colchester United last weekend following suspension.  Reflecting on his start to life at Latics, the midfielder said:

"I think I have done well and I have been happy with that, but I feel like I can kick on into another gear now I have settled in.

"It can take a couple of games to adapt and get used to your teammates but definitely there are another couple of gears that I am looking forward to getting into and showing the fans even more."

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