Crackers delighted to be back on the scoresheet as Latics beat Southend United 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
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Michael Jacobs praised the group’s mentality after Latics continued their excellent recent form with victory over Southend United at the DW Stadium.
Jacobs netted the first goal after eight minutes before Nick Powell and substitute Ivan Toney made sure of the points late on after Jermaine McGlashan had been sent off the visitors on the hour.
And Jacobs admitted it was nice to be back out on the pitch and among the goals after missing last weekend’s game at Scunthorpe though injury.
Speaking to iFollow Latics after the game, he said: “In the game against Walsall I got to about the last 10-15 minutes and felt my thigh go a little bit. It was one of those where I maybe could have played last weekend but I would have only been at 80-90%.
“It was frustrating to miss out so that’s why it felt nice to score today. The medical staff are top drawer here and have been brilliant with me.”
Jacobs said it took longer than what the players would have liked to have added to the scoreline, but spoke highly of the positive mentality of the group.
“Southend were always going to come here to try and frustrate the way we play and times it turned into a bit of a basketball match, but in the end they tired and the sending off obviously helped us. It was nice for Powelly and Ivan to see the game off.
“The mentality of the group has been great ever since the first game. We want to try and win every game and when we have had setbacks we’ve bounced back and won a lot of games. We’d like to put a really good run together now.”
Latics will now prepare for two games next week, firstly at Gillingham on Tuesday night before a trip to Blackpool next weekend, and Jacobs is confident of extending the run.
“We’ve got to make sure we prepare correctly for the trip to Gillingham on Tuesday and then next weekend’s game at Blackpool. We’ve got a good enough squad if people need to come in and things need to be changed, but as a group we’ll be ready to play both games.”