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3 October 2016

Defender Dan Burn believes Latics beginning to show what they’re made of in recent matches.

  • “It takes time to gel,” Burn on early season form.
  • Defender believes Latics’ progress evident in hard-earned point at Brentford.
  • 24-year-old says four points gained prior to the international break were “massive”.
Wigan Athletic defender Dan Burn believes Latics’ squad is beginning to gel together after a slow start to the campaign was bolstered by a four-point haul from home a win over Wolves and away draw at Brentford prior to October’s international break.

The centre-back, who played a key role in helping Gary Caldwell’s side record a first away clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s goalless draw at Griffin Park, told LaticsPlayer HD:

“It shows how far we have come in recent weeks because I think we would have lost that a few weeks ago,” Burn said. “We have come away with another clean sheet and a point that keeps our momentum going.

“When you look at the games we have lost, they have all been by one goal and if we could have got draws from those games we’d be a little bit higher in the table.

“Brentford’s striker Scott Hogan has been on fire lately so to keep him relatively quiet was good, especially for me, Bucko [Jake Buxton] and the lads in the back four.

“We are gelling well, it feels like we’re getting stronger every game so hopefully we can take that into our next few games.

“I have come in and we have tried a few different formations, tried playing out from the back and it takes time to gel,” he continued.

“If you compare the squad to last season, there’s a lot of new faces and it’s always going to take time but hopefully now that’s us starting to click together.”

And Burn stressed the importance of Latics increasing their points total before the international break, no matter how they did it.

“It’s changed it massively for us,” he added. “We went on a bad run of results and had to remain positive but going into the international break with these four points is massive and it means everyone can relax, have a few days off and build towards the next game and pick up some more points.

“Against Brentford we probably didn’t play the football that we normally do but we showed that we could do the other side of the game and pick up a point when we needed it.”

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