Graham Barrow says Thursday night’s win over Barnsley was up there with the famous Arsenal and West Ham Premier League victories for Latics.
- Graham Barrow reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 3-2 win over Barnsley.
- Barrow says Latics are managing Nick Powell right and thus getting the best out of him.
- “The last two matches rank up there with the West Ham and Arsenal games in my eyes,” says Barrow.
Wigan Athletic boss Graham Barrow says his side’s 3-2 win over Barnsley on Thursday night was right up there with the famous Premier League wins over West Ham United and Arsenal.
Nick Powell turned the game on its head with an 11 minute hat-trick after coming on as a substitute just after the hour mark, sparking wild DW celebrations as Latics live to fight another day in the Championship.
Reflecting post-match, Barrow said:
“The last two matches rank up there with the West Ham and Arsenal games in my eyes, mainly because of the quality of the goals and the quality of player who turned it around. He deserves on talent alone to be in the Premier League and that’s why you put him [Nick Powell] in that bracket.
“I am just glad for the supporters that we have given them something back for sticking with us all season; we have just got to carry on now, it would be fantastic to take it to the final day of the season, if we can’t do it before.”
Barrow added of Powell, who now has four goals in less than 90 minutes after his two match-winning substitute performances this week:
“I’d be lying if I said I thought he could go on and get a hat-trick but then you always know he’s always going to make an impact.
“At 2-0 down with so long left in the game it was by no means over, but Nick got the goals so early and made the win a possibility.
“It’s been a long day preparing for the game and I was thinking all day, ‘could Nick do it again?’.
“Just maybe we’re handling him right with his time on the pitch after his injuries; I always remember Alan Shearer at Blackburn being managed like this and it worked.
“We’ve got him to a level of fitness where he can play; if we started him he would be done after half an hour or half-time, he’s far more useful at the moment when the game opens up and his quality can come to the fore.
“I was talking to myself for most of the first-half and debating whether to bring him on in my own head, because I have that knowledge now of managing players physically, that I perhaps didn’t have when I was managing at 40.”
And whilst Barrow was keen to not get carried away, he knew his side did all they could to keep their survival hopes alive:
“We spoke about how a result would help us keep going to the wire and fingers crossed results go for us tomorrow,” Barrow finished. “It would be a nice change that when we do win a number of results go for us.
“We have taken it one game at a time, we’ll keep our feet on the floor as we did after Rotherham and then get ready for Brighton.”