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26 December 2017

Latics midfielder on consolidating position at the top of the Sky Bet League One table after goalless draw with Shrewsbury Town.

  • WATCH: Lee Evans on Wigan Athletic’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town
  • Evans says Latics content with point as they preserve lead at the top of Sky Bet League One.
  • Evans: “I thought it was a great atmosphere, probably one of the best since I have been here.”

Wigan Athletic midfielder Lee Evans told iFollow Latics that it was important Latics didn’t lose to Shrewsbury Town in a tense Sky Bet League One Boxing Day affair at the DW Stadium.

Evans, making 100th EFL start, admitted Latics had the better chances and probably should have scored, but reflected on a point gained as Paul Cook’s side kept another clean sheet.

“First-half we really came out and attacked them but credit to Shrewsbury because in the second-half they came and gave us a go as well and we had to weather the storm for ten or 15 minutes,” Evans said.

“We got back on top towards the end, we had our chances, but we have said if we don’t get one in the back of the net then we make sure we don’t concede.

“The amount of chances we created; first-half we had a few headers on goal and crosses and second-half Ivan [Toney] had a big chance towards the end and Max hit the bar. The way they went in last week, though, you can’t complain if they don’t go in this week.

“We are happy with the clean sheet and we move on to Friday.”

To be guaranteed first place at the turn of the calendar year is a superb position for Latics added Evans, who now encourages Latics fans to come out in numbers again and back the boys on Friday night against Charlton Athletic.

“We are doing well,” Evans continued. “We have started the season well and at the start of the season we would have took this.

“We know we have people chasing us down and we need to be on the top of our game so Friday will be another tough game under the lights, hopefully we can get as many people in the stadium as possible and get three points.

“I thought it was a great atmosphere, probably one of the best since I have been here, there were more Wigan fans here today and Shrewsbury brought a few too, so there was some good noise when a few tackles were going in and a few close efforts.

“We want that every week but we know we have to attract them by playing well so hopefully we can stay top of the league and get them coming in.”

With games now coming at regular intervals, Evans says he understands the battle the squad faces in managing the fixtures whilst also holding on to their respective shirts.

“Now is when is starts to get tough with Friday, New Year’s Day and then Bournemouth,” he finished. “The games come thick and fast, we will recover right and make sure we are bang at it for Friday.

“We have to play well; there are players champing at the bit on the bench to get in the side and players in the stands, who haven’t made the 18. We have a very strong squad but you want to keep playing, keep getting the games in and hopefully I can keep doing that.”

Charlton Athletic (H)

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