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MICHAEL JACOBS: “LET’S EMBRACE NORWICH CITY CHALLENGE”

11 September 2016

Rallying call from in-form forward Michael Jacobs as Latics look to register more points to their tally with trip to Norwich City’s Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

  • “Norwich City away is a game for us to look forward to,” Michael Jacobs.
  • Forward believes Latics have to take positive aspects of their performances forwards with them.
  • 24-year-old believes competition in the squad is bringing out the best in him.
Wigan Athletic forward Michael Jacobs believes Latics have to attack in-form Sky Bet Championship side Norwich City on Tuesday evening as Gary Caldwell’s side look to arrest a slide in form that has seen them lose three consecutive matches.

Jacobs, who has been able to take individual credit from his recent performances despite his team struggling to add to their initially bright start on their return to the second tier, feels a trip to Norfolk to face the Canaries is an exciting opportunity for Latics to show what they can do.

“Norwich is one to look forward to,” Jacobs explained. “It’s at Carrow Road, over 25,000 supporters, and it’s a chance to showcase ourselves having come up from League One.

“We have to go there with belief, play with no fear and produce a performance.

“If we can go there, play with no fear and go for it but still lose the game, then it’s one of those things, but we have to play with belief and no fear and show what quality we have because we are good footballers.

“There’s a lot of characters in our dressing room; ex-international footballers, players with great experience like Bucko [Jake Buxton] and players like Morgs [Craig Morgan] and Perks [David Perkins] to come back in and we’ll need them in this situation.

“We’re still positive, though, and we have to embrace these games coming up and go and produce performances.”

Jacobs felt that Latics failed to play as positively as they can following their opener at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday as he laid on the assist for Will Grigg to add his fifth goal of the season.

But he felt on an individual level he could take plenty again from his performance after he has re-established himself in Caldwell’s side after being used as a substitute in the first four games of the season.

“I think it’s always nice to have competition,” Jacobs said, with a number of arrivals in his position this summer. “Big Graham [Barrow] said in the warm up at Hillsborough that there are players not even making the 18 that have quality so you have to be on it.

“I was in that position last time I played in the Championship where I wasn’t making the 18 and now I have the opportunity to come out and represent Wigan Athletic at this level and I know I have to put in the performances because a lot of players are after I my place.

“It’s cut throat, you have to take your opportunity when it comes, but after missing the first couple of games I have been pleased individually to have got back in the side, though I’d much rather the team were getting the three points, if I am honest.”

One player who continues to draw attention is Jacobs’ colleague Grigg, who now has a record of 33 goals in 50 appearances for Wigan Athletic.

“I’ve said in a few interviews now that Will’s qualities can be seen from a mile off,” Jacobs said of his good friend. “I train with him every day and I have built up a relationship with him whereby I know where he is going to make runs, I know where he is going to go, and that, if I give him the right service, there’s a good chance that with his ratio that he is going to score.

“The defenders are bigger, stronger, quicker and read the game better at this level, yet Will is still proving he can score and that’s credit to him.”

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