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SHAUN MACDONALD: “LET’S STAY POSITIVE”

18 September 2016

Latics Wall’s Man of the Match, Shaun MacDonald, reflects on Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham at the DW Stadium.

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Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun MacDonald stressed the importance of remaining positive as Latics registered their first point in five matches after playing out a goalless draw with Fulham at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The Wales international impressed throughout the game against the Cottagers and was voted Latics Wall’s Man of the Match as a result.

Speaking post-match, MacDonald says the performance against Slavisa Jokanovic’s in-form side – that almost saw Latics steal victory in the closing stages through Nick Powell – was a step in the right direction.

“It is always nice to help the team keep a clean sheet,” MacDonald said. “That is something we have been working towards and hopefully we can build on that now in the coming weeks, keep more clean sheets and pick up a few goals and wins along the way.

“I think it was two teams who had a right go and played the right way; if you look back at the clear-cut chances, I think we probably had the better and it is a little frustrating that one didn’t go in for us.

“As a team, we have to stay positive, keep building on what we have got today; it is a competitive league, there will be different challenges for the group.”

Delighted when informed that he had been voted Man of the Match by the club’s online supporters, MacDonald said:

“Personally it is nice to put in a good performance; I am still settling in and getting used to certain things with how we play but I am getting there.

“I am a little bit tired now, I am not going to lie, I haven’t played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday for quite a long time so it is nice to have got minutes under my belt.”

The midfielder will now prepare for Friday night’s local derby at Deepdale against Preston North End in front of the Sky TV cameras.

With experiences of the South Wales derby in his locker, MacDonald says playing the game rather than the occasion will be important for Gary Caldwell’s side.

“It’s a derby game, we have to go in and treat as any other game, there will be different challenges and motivations for us to go out and win the game but we have to go out and play positively to win the game,” he added.

“It is a weird league; Preston won 3-0 last week and lost 5-0 this week, it all depends on the individual game itself and how teams play against different styles.

“We will go there with our game plan and I am sure we can go there and get a positive result.”

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