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7 January 2017

On loan Stoke City goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard saves penalty to protect clean sheet in 2-0 Emirates FA Cup Third Round win over Nottingham Forest on his Latics debut.

  • Jakob Haugaard interview after saving a penalty on his Wigan Athletic debut.
  • 24-year-old has signed on loan at Latics until the end of the season from Stoke City.
  • Haugaard: “A clean sheet and penalty save, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Wigan Athletic’s on loan goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard said he was delighted with his debut performance as he saved a second-half penalty to preserve a clean sheet and help Warren Joyce’s side progress to the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Haugaard said:

“I am very happy; a clean sheet and the penalty save, I couldn’t ask for more.

“Everything was good; attacking-wise, we probably could have scored more goals and we were solid at the back – it worked very well today.

“I didn’t really have much to do, to be fair, other than save the penalty, but everybody did great, defended well as a team and that’s the most important thing for me.”

Discussing the reasons behind his move to the DW Stadium, the former Danish youth international said:

“I just want to play games,” he added. “I haven’t played that many for Stoke recently so I am looking forward to getting some games here between now and the end of the season.

“The manager has said that he wants to give me those games and hopefully I can help the team out of the situation they are in now.”

After signing for Latics yesterday, Haugaard feels it’s important he now settles down into his new surroundings, admitting he’s excited to start working alongside Jussi Jaaskelainen.

“Jussi has so much experience,” Haugaard continued. “I worked with Shay Given at Stoke as well so I feel a bit lucky really and I am looking forward to working with Jussi.

“My first thing to do is settle down and get to know everybody at the club because I haven’t trained with the team yet, with going straight into the game today.”

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