Feature interview: Max Power reveals what it's like to win his second promotion with Latics and how he shared the special day with his son.
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Read an excerpt from Max Power's match day programme interview ahead of AFC Wimbledon as he tells us about last weekend's promotion at Fleetwood Town and the celebrations that followed!
LAST WEEKEND WAS ANOTHER LANDMARK DAY FOR THE CLUB IN WINNING PROMOTION BACK TO THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP, HOW MUCH DID YOU ENJOY THE MOMENT?
“It’s hard not to celebrate when you work all season to get to that point. It’s hard to contain your excitement when you get promoted, especially on such a great day as last Saturday with the result and the general feel to the game.
“We’ve got those celebrations out of our system now and with the big point on the road at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday we know we’ve got two games to go to win the league title itself.
“We want to reach 100 points and although Tuesday’s result made that harder, we knew we’d have to remain unbeaten to achieve that milestone and that’s still the case.”
YOU ENJOY A CLOSE BOND WITH THE SUPPORTERS AND THE TEAM SPENT TIME CELEBRATING WITH FANS IN WIGAN LAST WEEKEND, HOW GOOD WAS THAT TO SHARE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BACKED YOU ALL OF THE WAY THIS SEASON?
“This is the second time I’ve experienced a promotion with the club and both times there’s been a special connection between us players and the supporters.
“It’s important for us as players to show that we are just normal people and it’s always nice to get out and mingle with the fans because it’s always enjoyable.
“We had a really good celebration with the supporters last Saturday night and everyone has seen that with the videos of Griggy leading his own song.
“It’s great because fans pay their money throughout the season to have moments like that and those moments are special. You’ve got to enjoy and make the most of them when they come around.”
IT WAS A TOUGH START TO THE SEASON FOR YOU, BUT YOU REALLY SEEM TO HAVE ENJOYED YOURSELF AND SATURDAY LOOKED LIKE A CULMINATION OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE WORKED FOR, EVEN IF THE SUPPORTERS GAVE YOU STICK FOR THAT MISS IN THE SECOND HALF.
“I’m not sure the fans behind the goal saw the big bobble on the pitch when I hit that one, but I had to laugh at the reaction after it because those chants are usually reserved for opposition players. It was good fun, but all jokes aside, I did have a difficult summer, it was really tough for me.
“It’s something I’ve learned a lot from. I think a lot of people could have gone the other way and never played for the club again, but I was always determined to get back into the team and fight for my place.
“Luckily Sheffield United decided they wanted Lee Evans which made it a bit easier for me… again, joking aside, I worked really hard when I was out of the side and I like to think my performances have shown how much I’ve knuckled down.
“Saturday was special to score on the day we got promoted and hopefully I can get a couple more before the end of the season.”
ON A PERSONAL LEVEL THE SCENES SEEMED PARTICULARLY SPECIAL FOR YOU CELEBRATING WITH YOUR SON MAXI.
“My daughter Lexie wasn’t too happy about missing out, she loves the football just as much as him, but it was great to have Maxi on the pitch and I’m sure years down the line he’ll look back and realise how fortunate he has been to be around that.
“I didn’t come from a footballing family, so it’s nice for Maxi to experience being around the lads and to be part of the celebrations.
“He loves his footy and I’m sure it won’t be long until he’s playing for his local team.
“I can’t thank the gaffer and his staff enough for letting him be around this environment with me, he was even in on Christmas Day running around the pitch collecting the footballs for the lads. They’ve been top class with him and I’m really proud to see him enjoy what I do so much.”
SATURDAY COULD GO A LONG WAY TO WINNING YOUR SECOND LEAGUE TITLE WITH THE CLUB, HOW DETERMINED ARE YOU AS A GROUP TO SEE THAT THROUGH?
“We certainly want to win the league now, we’ve stated all season that we feel we’re the best team in the league and it’s up to us now to finally get it over the line.
“We feel like we deserve it, but we know we’ve got two difficult games to come today against AFC Wimbledon and next Saturday at Doncaster Rovers, but it’s in our hands.
“The support has been top drawer all season, so the fans deserve the league title just as much as we feel we do.
“We’ve had some great days at the DW this year, especially with the FA Cup run. It’s about putting performances on in front of our home fans and today is no different with the amount of supporters expected to attend.
“We’ve performed on a big stage in front of big crowds in the FA Cup and we’ve showed what a good side we are.
“Being in the Championship for next year will hopefully bring more of our fans back because we’re proud of what we’ve achieved.”