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GRAHAM BARROW: “THE PLAYERS GAVE THEIR ALL AND THE SUPPORTERS STUCK WITH US”

29 October 2016

Caretaker boss Graham Barrow reflects on 1-0 victory at Cardiff City as Latics win for the first time in five games.

  • Graham Barrow: “If you give your all for Wigan supporters, they’ll always stick by you.”
  • “The players were great,” says Barrow after win in South Wales.
  • Barrow believes first away win of the season crucial for progress.
Wigan Athletic caretaker manager Graham Barrow said Latics’ efforts were finally rewarded on Saturday afternoon as another display full of character, desire, resilience and passion earned a first away win of the season against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD after Jordi Gomez struck the game’s decisive blow, Barrow said:

“We all know we’ve been very close to winning games this season; odd goals have decided games.

“The players were great, they have been all season, and today they got their rewards and I thought they were excellent.

“The main theme of the talk last night, after we’d done the tactical side of things, was ‘What is luck?’ and we tried to say to the players that in football you make your own luck and I thought they did that today.

“Adam Bogdan’s work in the first 20 minutes [from Cardiff’s deliveries into the box] gave us a platform to go on and win the game, and I felt we did that against Brighton last week too, but we didn’t use that platform to go and win the game, but today we did.”

After being ever so impressive on the road at the start of the calendar year in Sky Bet League One, Latics had struggled to adapt - in terms of the results – to life away from home in the Championship, with Saturday’s win their first away from the DW this season.

And Barrow admitted it was a big sign of progress for Latics.

“The league table looking better is the most important thing to come from today’s game because it takes us a place up in the league and closer to the sides around us,” Barrow added.

“Getting an away win, to kick-start that side of the season, is important too, without doubt.”

Barrow left the final word for the travelling supporters, and praised their fantastic effort in backing the players down in South Wales.

“I have played for the club, managed the club, been a coach at the club and stood in as caretaker now and again as well so I know the Wigan people and understand them, you get that from when you’ve played in front of them,” he explained.

“If you give them everything, Wigan people are great, and the players gave them that today and we got a great response from the supporters because they stuck by the team right through the game, in particularly in the first-half.

“If you give your all for Wigan supporters, they’ll always stick by you.”

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