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14 January 2017

Boss full of praise for Callum Connolly on debut and central defensive duo Jake Buxton and Dan Burn as Latics record important 2-0 win at Burton Albion.

  • Warren Joyce reacts to Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 win at Burton Albion.
  • Joyce praises whole team effort and reserves special mentions for Callum Connolly, Jake Buxton and Dan Burn.
  • “We were resilient, brave and showed great commitment.” – Joyce.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce was ecstatic with his side’s performance as they secured a vital three points in their quest for Sky Bet Championship survival at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Callum Connolly, confirmed as a Latics player earlier in the day after signing on loan from Everton, scored both of the goals for Joyce’s side on a superb afternoon at the Pirelli Stadium.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce said:

“We came here with a game plan and I think we executed it really well and I am delighted with the three points.

“I have not been disappointed with a lot of things that we have seen so far but we have had to show a lot of perseverance to keep doing what we have been and to keep believing that we will eventually get the rewards.

“It’s an important three points today, but it’s just three points out of 60 that were available going into the game and, as long as we look like we have a method to our play then we have a chance but if we don’t then we’ll have no chance.

“I do feel like we are making good progress but I would say from very early on that a nucleus of 10 or 11 players did a lot of things pretty well,” he continued.

“There were things we could do better with the ball but the objective early on was to do our jobs without the ball because you don’t want to be easy to beat. That took time to get sorted and I think we have now, but then the hard bit is the skill and the flair and the scoring, that’s what in this league a lot of real big-hitters pay a lot of money to have, for us, we have to make sure we are always in every game against the sides that have that, and on the whole we have been.”

And Joyce added further that his side’s bravery and commitment, which has rarely been brought in to question, impressed him especially today.

“We didn’t adapt particularly well at Rotherham when it was a tighter pitch and stadium; whereas we had actually done quite well tactically at some of the bigger stadiums against the bigger clubs,” he explained.

“What was really pleasing today was that we were resilient as well; the two centre-halves were outstanding, they were brave, showed commitment and put their bodies on the line for the team. Everyone played their part for the team but I thought them two in particular stood up, competing against some really big lads.”

And, of course, he was happy with two-goal debutant Connolly.

“We know Callum is good in the air at both ends of the pitch and that was part of the move really because when you look at the make-up of the team, we’re quite a small side in general,” Joyce said.

“It was a great decoy run from Bucko [Jake Buxton] for the second goal and it was a good finish from Callum.

“It is difficult for a young player coming into the team; for a player of 27 it is difficult to come in, especially when the build up to the game isn’t ideal, which it hasn’t been for him this week. It’s great credit to him for that and great credit to Everton for the way they have moulded him into the boy that he is.”

As for more additions, Joyce finished:

“We will just have to see in January; it’s very difficult unless you have got loads of money to go out and buy because everyone wants the best players.

“We are pleased with the two lads that have come in so far for very little outlay, because they have come in and contributed. We have got to be a bit smarter than the other clubs; get the right types into the dressing room that will meet the standards of the good pros that we have at the club and who are right for Wigan Athletic.”

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