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WARREN JOYCE’S PRESTON NORTH END ASSESSMENT

18 February 2017

Gaffer full of praise for his side’s effort in 0-0 draw in local derby with Preston North End at the DW Stadium

  • Warren Joyce reflects on Wigan Athletic 0 – 0 Preston North End.
  • Boss praises his players’ battling qualities.
  • “It’s been a good start for Matt Gilks,” says Joyce of penalty saving goalkeeper.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce praised his side’s effort in their 0-0 draw with Preston North End on Saturday afternoon as they battled to a point against their local rivals in a game that could have gone either way in the closing stages.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce said:

“It was a local derby full of effort, endeavour, spirit, fight and high work rate but not many clear-cut chances.

“Gilksy saved the penalty and I thought we had a stonewall one not given at the other end, but that’s the way football goes.

“I couldn’t fault the lads’ effort and endeavour, because they never wanted to give up, they wanted to drive the game, even into the last ten minutes when we were looking for the winner.”

On Gilks’ penalty save, Joyce praised the keeper stating it’s been a good start for him in the games he has started, whilst also adding he’s the type of player he wants at the club.

“It’s been a good start for Matt in the games he has played, as I say, I thought it was a harsh penalty because Omar [Bogle] was trying to control the ball rather than bringing the man down,” he explained.

“We did our homework on Gilksy and we know what type of man he is and that’s important in the situation that we are in too.

“There are a lot of good pros at the club, lads like Buxton, Perkins, Warnock, Morgan and MacDonald and Matt is another one that mixes in with that and he is a good example to the other lads at the football club.”

Joyce was pleased to at least get a point out of the derby with Preston as neither side created a significant chance, excluding the penalty, and his side nor Simon Grayson’s men dictated play for long periods.

“We have had games where we have played better than that and ended up with nothing,” he continued.

“At the minute, we have to dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday night because we’re trying to win every game that we play in.

“I don’t think that you can fault the players’ efforts to do that today; they tried their best but unfortunately that little bit of quality on the final shot or cross wasn’t quite there and that’s why we didn’t score the goals.”

Praising his defenders, who kept a second consecutive clean sheet, Joyce continued:

“I think the back lads have done tremendously well; I think we defended really well at Fulham and against Norwich but conceded some poor goals where we lacked in concentration, and it’s not necessarily been the defenders that make the mistakes.”

Latics were forced into one change going into the game, with Michael Jacobs’ injury meaning he was replaced by Ryan Tunnicliffe in the starting XI.

And Joyce was impressed by the Fulham loanee.

“It’s a blow to miss Michael because he has been playing well for us for a period of time now and he might be out for a week or so,” Joyce said.

“I thought Ryan Tunnicliffe was excellent today, though, and we’re in a situation where we’re trying to get the lads up to speed and play them as well, which is difficult.

“The lads here who have been playing have put in a lot of work to get to the level they’re at and we have to get the other lads up to that tempo of the Championship so they’re ready to help the cause.”

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