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21 November 2016

Skipper looking to add goals to recent defensive improvement as Latics extend unbeaten away run to four games with goalless draw at Barnsley.

  • Latics skipper Stephen Warnock assesses his side’s 0-0 draw at Barnsley.
  • “Evident we now need to improve the attacking side of our game,” says Warnock.
  • 34-year-old hoping to reward supporters at Huddersfield Town next Monday night.
Wigan Athletic captain Stephen Warnock feels Latics have to prioritise adding goals to their game now after their recently improved defensive record secured a fourth clean sheet in seven matches.

Despite that statistic pleasing the defender, he equally acknowledged his side’s record of just two goals in that period, needed immediate improvement.

He told Latics PlayerHD:

“There were aspects of the game that were similar to Cardiff and Brentford really, in the sense that the lads put their bodies on the line to protect the clean sheet.

“I think it’s evident we need to improve the attacking side of things by passing the ball better and being a little bit more positive.”

Warnock said Warren Joyce’s side had a game-plan to try and counter the strengths of Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley, though it proved tough at Oakwell with Latics also losing goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and forward Nick Powell prior to the hour mark.

“We wanted to stretch the game to start with and then get on the ball a little bit more as the game wore on but it was always going to be difficult when you’re the away side against a team like Barnsley who get on the front foot, like to attack, pass the ball and get it wide,” he explained.

“It wasn’t ideal [losing Bogdan and Powell]; but that’s part and parcel of football and you have to get on with that, deal with it, and adapt quickly.

“If you don’t, you’re going to suffer and I thought the lads that came on did a good job and it was a good team performance.”

Heading into Monday night’s live Sky Sports game at Huddersfield Town, Warnock said Latics’ players and staff are fully aware they need to reward their loyal supporters with three points.

“I am sure the supporters want to see more, I am sure they want us to get three points, as we did ourselves at Barnsley,” he continued.

“If we can turn our good defensive display into a better display going forwards in how we pass the ball, by relaxing in possession and then being more adventurous going forwards, then I am sure three points are just around corner.”

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