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21 October 2017

Defender happy with his first Latics goals as he plays massive part in 3-1 win at Bloomfield Road.

  • WATCH: Chey Dunkley on his hat-trick in Latics’ 3-1 win at Blackpool
  • Defender followed up first-half own goal with his first two goals for the club
  • Dunkley: “The fans were phenomenal today, they came in numbers and to score in front of them was great.”

Wigan Athletic defender Chey Dunkley spoke to iFollow Latics after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Blackpool.

Speaking straight after the game, Dunkley said:

“I am over the moon that we got the result.

“The first goal was a sloppy one and for a man of my standards I should know better and to just get it away.

“I just had to focus and carry on and the gaffer told me that at half-time, because he isn’t one to shout or get after his players. As soon as it happened, though, I knew I needed to rectify it, not necessarily by scoring the goal, but by focusing and doing everything right because defenders get judged on mistakes.

“In the back of my head, I said that every set-piece I wanted to get on the end of and score.

“The first was a great little dink from Gavin Massey and Ivan [Toney] has put his head where it might hurt him and they have done brilliantly before I have slotted it in with my left foot.

2I was happy to rectify my own mistake but you see it even in the Premier League that defenders do make mistakes but hopefully we minimise that in the upcoming games.

“I am buzzing we got the result; I knew with the quality we had on the field we were definitely going to get one.”

And Dunkley was even happier his second came in front of 2,100 fantastic travelling supporters, adding:

“Even when I scored the own goal, the fans never stopped singing and urging us on to get the second goal.

“They were phenomenal today, they came in numbers and to score in front of them was great.”

But Dunkley was perhaps overshadowed by teammate David Perkins, who bagged his first goal for the club on his 83rd appearance.

“Perks come on like a super sub,” Dunkley added. “It is hard to come on when they are having a spell and with the wind, but Perks is a man of so much experience and he broke up play, got us playing again and I was buzzing for him to get a goal because it just settles us and at 2-1 they always know they are in the game for a point.”

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