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MICHAEL JACOBS: “WE CREATED ENOUGH CHANCES TO HAVE WON THE GAME”

15 October 2016

Forward rues missed chances as Latics play out goalless draw with Burton Albion at the DW Stadium.

  • “Slow start not like us,” says Michael Jacobs.
  • 24-year-old reflects on number of missed chances to win the game from Latics.
  • Jacobs pleased to see return of defender Craig Morgan.
Latics forward Michael Jacobs felt Gary Caldwell’s side created enough opportunities to have taken all three points against Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon at the DW Stadium, but was left to reflect on an ultimately disappointing 0-0 draw.

Discussing the match with LaticsPlayer HD, Jacobs felt a disappointing start to the game was followed up by a better second 45 minutes and that, had there been a more clinical edge, Latics would have claimed all three points.

“It’s disappointing; first-half we didn’t get out of the traps and let Burton play a little bit, which isn’t normally the case at home because we start really well at the DW and get on the front foot,” Jacobs explained.

“Second-half we managed to get a hold on the game and create some chances and, at the end of the day, we created enough chances to win the game and we probably should have won the game.

“The positive side of it is that it was another clean sheet and another point on the board.”

Looking back on the chances individually, Jacobs rued opportunities that he, Adam Le Fondre and Nick Powell failed to convert.

“Alfie [Adam Le Fondre] went through in the first-half one on one and was unlucky with his chance whilst Nick [Powell] had his header as well and then my one towards the end as well,” he continued. “On another day, it could have been two or three, but that’s how it is going for us at the minute.

“I just shut my eyes when I brought the ball down for mine and thought ‘Oh, there it is, if I am honest with you!’,” he joked. “I should have scored when I got into the final situation but it was nice to get back out there and try and add to some pretty consistent performances that I feel I have produced recently.

“We’ve got to take these chances when we get them, but it would be more concerning if we weren’t creating the opportunities in the first place, though.”

Jacobs, who is one of six players to feature in every single Sky Bet Championship game for Latics this season, said the spotlight is now on Latics to go and take all three points from their away game at Leeds United on Tuesday evening.

“In this league, it’s the winning of games that matters, you can put unbeaten runs together but ultimately you’d rather win one and lose one than draw two because you get that extra point on the board,” Jacobs explained.

“Going to Leeds on Tuesday is massive, if we win, the table and this run will look a lot better than it does with a point. It would also take us nicely into the home game against Brighton next weekend.”

After drawing the first game of three in seven days, Jacobs says he expects manager Caldwell to use the depth of his squad – a squad that was boosted by the return of defender Craig Morgan today.

“We’re a fit bunch, we’ve done a lot of high intensity training throughout the international break and our stats are high too,” he added.

“Equally, the manager has a good squad and if he decides he wants to make changes then he has a lot of boys that can come in and make an impact.

“Morgs is a fantastic player; he brings a calming influence when he’s around and there aren’t many players who can have that impact, especially on such a big squad.

“He’s experienced at this level, has that understanding of the game and his long passing is unbelievable too so to have him back is a big plus for us – it allows us to move into that 3-5-2 formation if we need to too.”

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