Midfielder delighted to be back in the fold for Latics after five months out with injury.
- Alex Gilbey reacts on his Wigan Athletic return.
- Midfielder made first appearance for Latics since September.
- “It’s been a long five months, but I’m over the moon to be back,” says Gilbey.
Wigan Athletic midfielder Alex Gilbey said he was delighted to make his first appearance in five months for Latics, after coming on from the bench in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.
Gilbey last played for Latics in September when he picked up an injury in the goalless home draw with Fulham, and he admitted it’s been frustrating to not be able to contribute more in his debut campaign.
“It felt really good to be back out there with the lads,” he said. “It’s been a long five months but I am over the moon to be back and I am ready to help the team out.
“At some points I have felt like a bit of a spare part but I have chipped in and tried to help the lads out but now I want to put myself about and help the lads on the pitch instead of being a cheerleader on the side!”
It was almost a dream return for Gilbey as he went close to grabbing a late winner, but it wasn’t to be and Latics left the DW frustrated again.
“It would have been nice to have scored at the end,” Gilbey added. “I have been dreaming about that for the last five months but it’s one of them things and we go again next week.
“It’s so frustrating, but like the gaffer said it’s a point at the end of the day and it would have been more gutting had they scored and nicked it.
“The boys are grafting every week so we’ll take a point – we wanted three – but we go again on Saturday.”
But Gilbey says there is genuine belief Latics can stay up and that next weekend’s game against Blackburn is one that Warren Joyce’s side can’t leave with anything less than three points from.
“It comes from the gaffer and the chairman, nobody wants to go down, because it will change lives, so we’re all on the same page, we all want the same thing and that’s to stay in this league – for the club, and more importantly for the fans,” he explained.
“We beat Blackburn last time we played them and were quite convincing so they are going to try and get their own back but we’re going there for all three points and we don’t want to leave with anything else.”