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9 August 2017

Academy graduate Owen Evans very proud to make his Wigan Athletic debut.

  • Owen Evans makes Wigan Athletic debut.
  • WATCH: Welsh youth international goalkeeper very proud to make Latic debut.
  • Evans: “It was a very big moment for me and my family.”

iFollow Latics spoke to Owen Evans after the Welsh youth international made his Wigan Athletic competitive debut on Tuesday night against Blackpool FC in the Carabao Cup.

Evans, 20, has been around the first team for some time now and was handed his bow by Paul Cook as goals from Josh Laurent and Jordan Flores secured promotion to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup.

Speaking of making is debut, Evans said:

“I am very proud; it was a very big moment for me and my family and for all of the coaches that have put so much hard work and effort into me – it is great to give something back and show them that their work has paid off.

“It is my fourth year here now; I signed as a second-year scholar. I have been on the first team bench a couple of times and trained quite a bit with the first team – I have been pushing and pushing and thankfully the gaffer has given me a chance, hopefully I repaid his faith in me.”

Evans heaped the praise on his former academy coaches and also current goalkeeping coach Nick Colgan as he made his first appearance in a Latics shirt.

“Nick [Colgan] has come in and he has been great,” he added. “He is a different style of goalkeeping coach to what I have known before. He has been really supportive and helpful in a lot of ways, he has only been here a month and I am really happy to be working with him.

“I worked with Dan [Connor] for a long time; he was my goalkeeping coach at Hereford as well so we have built up quite a relationship. He has put many hours into me and I am really grateful for that and the work of Mike Pollitt, Peter Atherton and Gregor Rioch as well.”

Evans was close to protecting a clean sheet on debut, making a string of fine saves.

However Peter Hartley headed home from a corner to give Gary Bowyer’s side some late hope.

And Evans says the win was the most important thing as the Cup competitions could well prove useful in his quest for more matches.

“I was gutted to lose the goal at the corner but to get the win was the main thing, that is all I was concerned about going into the game, not the fact it was my first game,” Evans explained.

“The gaffer said to me that he is looking to give me chances if I work hard so hopefully I will get more chances in the Cup.

“The manager has been a breath of fresh air; he has come in and told us what he wanted, his standards, and people are really starting to crack on with it, he seems pleased with what has been going on.”

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