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18 October 2016

Welsh international delighted with first Latics goal as Gary Caldwell’s side leave it late at Leeds.

  • Shaun MacDonald discusses first goal for Wigan Athletic.
  • Midfielder felt point was the least his side deserved at Elland Road.
  • MacDonald: “The effort from everybody was first class.”
Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun MacDonald says the celebrations following his late equaliser for Latics at Elland Road on Tuesday evening showed how passionate Gary Caldwell’s side are for the club.

MacDonald rifled home his first goal for the club to cancel out Chris Wood’s first-half goal for the hosts in a game in which Latics were denied from a number of good opportunities.

Discussing his goal and the celebrations that followed with Latics PlayerHD, MacDonald said:

“I knew Stevie [Warnock] was going to try the bicycle kick because the ball was quite a bit behind him and it was an unlucky attempt – he might have got a touch on it – but it bounced kindly to me and I just thought I had to try and hit it as clean as I could and luckily enough for the squad it’s gone in,” he explained.

“We dug deep and I think the celebrations showed how much it means to us and how much we want to do it for the gaffer, the staff and the fans. 

“I think when you put so much into a game and when luck isn’t with you it’s frustrating, a good few fans travelled tonight when it was difficult and it’s good to see those there supporting us through good and bad times and it was great to celebrate with them.”

The Wales midfielder, who joined from Premier League AFC Bournemouth in the summer, felt the point was the very least his side deserved.

“I think we deserved something from the game because we had good chances and we kept working hard, the effort from everybody was first class,” MacDonald added.

“We had some great chances, if we were a bit more ruthless, we come away with a win, both teams tried to play the right way and I thought we pressed really well and give a lot of energy to win the game.”

Now on a four-game unbeaten run, three of which have been draws, MacDonald now acknowledges Latics must start recording victories, starting with Saturday’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion at the DW Stadium.

“I think it comes down to the players as much as the manager,” he admitted. “We have got an honest bunch in the dressing room and we’ll keep coming in and keep working hard to put things right in terms of winning matches and turning the next corner “

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