Skipper Stephen Warnock reflects with great pride after Latics secure first away win of the season with crucial 1-0 victory at Cardiff City.
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After helping his side to inflict a first defeat on the Bluebirds during Neil Warnock’s tenure as manager at the Cardiff City Stadium, Warnock told Latics PlayerHD:
“I am very proud of the boys; it’s been a difficult week with everything that’s gone on.
“I think that result has been coming because the performances have been strong and we’ve perhaps not had that bit of luck that we had on the odd occasion against Cardiff with a couple of the chances they wasted – they all seemed to be going in up until now.
“We’ve been putting in some hard work for the last couple of months and it’s a great result for us at the end.
“The goal came from that bit of quality that, we have said previously, we’ve just been lacking. The final pass and finish was something that as a group we discussed after the Brighton game. Credit to Perks for that, it was a great run from him and the ball into the box is brilliant for Jordi, who was busting a gut to get there and score at the back post.”
Despite their lowly position in the table, defensively Latics have conceded the eighth fewest goals in the Sky Bet Championship, and Saturday’s clean sheet was their fourth in their last eight games, a period in which they have conceded just four goals.
And Warnock praised his side’s resilience in maintaining that record.
“It was a collective defensive display from the whole of the team,” he added. “There were bodies thrown on the line all game, big headers won by Bucko, Reece and Dan, and with mine at the end, as I say, in recent months that would deflect and go in, but we just got that little bit of luck we needed at the end.”
Following the departure of boss Gary Caldwell in the week, Latics now have to move forwards into a new era, and the message from Warnock is that the players' belief will be key to Latics’ chances of moving up the league table.
“We have to install belief into the team,” he explained. “We’re a good team, a very good team when we want to be, and we have to believe more when we go forward, because our record defensively is very strong, and the number of clean sheets we have kept is amongst the highest in the division.
“The change has happened, we have to deal with it and move on now, be positive and look forwards from this result.”
Finally Warnock praised the travelling Latics supporters who made the long trip to South Wales to back the lads on when they needed it as the game wore on.
“The lads appreciated the travelling support; you could see that at the end because the lads went straight over to them and gave them a round of applause,” Warnock continued.
“The last five or ten minutes we could hear them roaring, trying to get us into the corner and make that extra yard or block.”