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MICHAEL JACOBS: “I HOPE NEXT GOAL COMES SOONER RATHER THAN LATER”

29 January 2017

Forward impressed again for Latics, but rued first-half missed chance as he searches for 12th Latics goal.

  • Michael Jacobs reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.
  • Jacobs missed first-half opportunity but impressed again in overall performance.
  • 25-year-old: “I thought we played really well, especially in the first-half.”
Wigan Athletic forward Michael Jacobs told Latics PlayerHD that he is hoping his run without a Latics goal will end soon after Latics lost 4-0 at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup.

Latics impressed in the first-half at Old Trafford and Jacobs had arguably Warren Joyce’s best opportunity of the first 45 minutes as he scuffed a shot towards goal after being teed up by Sam Morsy.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Jacobs said:

“I had a good chance that I scuffed and we felt that if we could get to half-time at 0-0 then we were well in the game, however, it showed what playing against players worth £30million and more is like and [Marouane] Fellaini was never going to miss after the ball was put on his head six yards out.

“My overall play over the last six or seven weeks hasn’t been too bad but I just haven’t managed to get on the scoresheet.

“My last goal was Forest away in August and it’s getting a little bit frustrating but I think if I can keep getting in the right areas and create chances then hopefully it will come sooner rather than later.”

On Latics’ overall performance, Jacobs felt Joyce’s side deserved praise for their first-half performance.

“I thought we played really well, especially in the first-half,” he continued. “We sat in and let United have the ball but when we had the opportunity to play we did, we looked positive and we got into some great areas.

“That’s the difference between the Premier League and the Championship, though, they took their chances. But I felt we gave a good account of ourselves in the first-half and it was just a sucker punch to concede at such a bad time.”

And now the 25-year-old says it is vital Latics continue their recent good form in the Sky Bet Championship to help preserve their second tier status.

“We want to win every game but it was a massive experience to come here and test ourselves against the best,” Jacobs explained.

“All our focus this week is now on Sheffield Wednesday on Sky on Friday night and that’s a massive game again.

“We have to build on our recent results and get another win because Burton’s result at the weekend has dropped us back into the bottom three.

“We’re confident, though, and we gave a good account of ourselves in the first-half today so hopefully we take that into next Friday.”

And Jacobs also felt that, as always, Latics’ fans were superb in their backing of the players.

“The fans were fantastic, they are every week, and you heard the noise they created tonight,” he said.

“They were right behind us, even until the end at 4-0, and they’re a credit to the club.”

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