First Team Coach reflects on a dramatic victory on penalties at Bloomfield Road
- Wigan Athletic win 5-4 on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy versus Blackpool
- First team coach Anthony Barry reflects on young team winning on penalties
- “We’re on a roll, there’s a good momentum at the club” - Barry
Wigan Athletic Assistant First Team coach Anthony Barry said victory at Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy was a real shot in the arm for a young Latics side featuring six academy players.
AB ON THE VICTORY
A good night’s work for the club, we got academy lads on the pitch, which is important, the performance of the lads including the senior lads was good, and they were a credit to themselves.
AB ON THE GOAL
It was a good finish from Alex, he’s had a lot of attempts lately and had a bit of a tough time of it lately, and it was importance for him to get the goal and for his confidence going forwards. I was happy to see him put his penalty away as well.
AB ON TEAM SELECTION
This competition is good in terms of giving a pathway for the academy lads into the first team and nights like this show it’s possible. Young Victor’s come on and done great and he’ll get a lot of plaudits I’m sure. Chris Merrie, Sniffer (Luke Burgess), Callum Lang, all lads with massive potential and we need to give them all a chance to go out and play.
AB ON THE PENALTIES
The format was a bit complex to be honest, once it got to sudden death we didn’t really know how it went but I thought it was important to win the game, the club’s on a good roll at the minute, we’ve got a good momentum and nights like this are important to keep that going.
AB ON NOT WINNING IN 90 MINUTES
I thought we should have won it in 90, we lost concentration in the final minutes whether that’s from fatigue with the lads not having played a lot of minutes, I don’t know, but it’s game management and particular moments and it’s something that we need to work on.
AB ON SETTLING IN AT LATICS
It’s a new role for me and it’s something I’m enjoying, that I’m getting stuck into and I believe that as a group of staff we can go on and do well and I just want to be a part of that. And it’s always good when you’re winning matches.