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WATCH: NOEL HUNT HEAPS THE PRAISE ON LATICS' YOUNG PLAYERS AFTER CHECKATRADE TROPHY WIN

24 October 2017

Striker talks to iFollow Latics after scoring first Wigan Athletic goal in Checkatrade Trophy win over Middlesbrough U21 on Tuesday night.

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  • Hunt scored first competitive Latics goal in win
  • Hunt: "The boys were excellent and the young lads did really well."

Noel Hunt heaped praise on the club’s younger players after an impressive performance against Middlesbrough’s Under 21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening.

The former Republic of Ireland striker scored his first goal for the club in the second half, heading home from close range to Latics in the ascendancy.

Lee Evans opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Victor Maffeo doubled the lead before the break. The visitors pulled one back after the interval but Hunt was on hand to extend the lead and Ryan Colclough rounded off proceedings with a fourth late on.

After the game, he said: “The boys were excellent and the young lads did really well. They had a couple of lively players in their team but we coped with them well.

“We haven’t trained much together so sometimes it can be difficult but we did what the gaffer and Leam asked of us, and we deserved the win.

“Ryan came back in and was so good. He can turn off both sides really well and his goal proved that. He was a positive tonight and the young lads were especially a positive.

Hunt added that he enjoys the responsibility of mentoring the younger players coming through the club’s academy system.

“It’s important to help the younger lads and have that feel around the club. It’s a great learning experience for them to play at a stadium like this because it’s an arena for them. It didn’t matter who turned up for us, we had to perform and we did just that.”

Despite only featuring in a handful of league games for Paul Cook’s side this term, Hunt says he feels fit and ready whenever he needs to be called on.

“I feel good and I feel fit. I didn’t get used as much as I’d have liked in the second half and I was moaning at the boys to switch it up a little bit because I felt we were going short an awful lot, but it’s all part of learning the game. We did really well on the whole though.”


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