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MAX POWER: “LET’S STICK TOGETHER AND NOT POINT FINGERS”

24 September 2016

Midfielder urges a big performance from everyone on Tuesday night against Wolves.

  • Max Power reflects on Wigan Athletic’s defeat at Preston North End.
  • “One way or another, we need to find a way to get points,” says Power.
  • 23-year-old wants his side to be more clinical in the final third.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Max Power says players, staff and supporters have to stick together after Latics’ winless run stretched to seven games following defeat at Preston North End on Friday evening.

Power, who recently passed 50 league appearances for Gary Caldwell’s side since joining from Tranmere Rovers last season, acknowledged results have not been good enough but urged a cohesive performance from everyone associated with the club on Tuesday evening.

“We will go into Tuesday wanting to win the game and looking to end this run,” Power told Latics; official website after Friday’s defeat at Deepdale. “It’s a tough league, though, and we can’t get into a situation where matches are must-win games every week so one way or another, we need to find a way to get points.

“We are not being outplayed, though, just maybe a little bit outsmarted at times.

“We can’t fault the supporters, they’ve been brilliant. What I will say is that they have to stick with us, it’s easy for me to say that as a player and I know we need to give them something to shout about. There’s a fine balance, though, and if they can get right behind us from the off on Tuesday it will help no end.”

“I have been in these situations before and the only way you get out of it is by sticking together and not pointing fingers at one another.”

Power felt Latics created sufficient opportunities to win the game at Preston, a story similar to the majority of their six losses this season.

And, far from blaming Latics’ poor start to the season on luck, the midfielder did feel a bounce of the ball going in his side’s favour wouldn’t go a miss, as Preston benefitted from a fortunate deflection for the only goal of the game.

“I think we actually created good opportunities but we are lacking that clinical finish in the final third at the moment,” he continued. “The one where Nathan [Byrne] hits the post in the second-half, it came at a big time in the game for us and if that goes in then I would like to think we would have gone on and won the game.

“You look at their goal and that is just how it is going for us at the moment; the lad has dragged a shot wide, it has hit the striker’s shin pad and gone in. You don’t want to rely on luck, but that would be nice for us at the moment to get a goal like that.”

With 37 league games to go and 111 points to play for, Power said Latics have time on their side to put right their poor start, but he explained the dressing room is fully aware a change fortunes has to come soon.

“It is always disappointing to lose any game, especially so when it is a derby and there is local rivalry,” Power added. “We have come away empty handed again and it is probably not deserved but we can’t keep saying that we have played well and accept it, so something has to change for us.

“We are fortunate it is still early in the season and there is plenty of time left put it right but we know it has to be sooner rather than later.”

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