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"OH GAVIN MASSEY IS RUNNING DOWN THE WING." - GAV ON 'DIFFERENT CLASS' SUPPORT

12 April 2018

Gavin Massey reflects on Rochdale victory and looks ahead to the final six games of the Sky Bet League One season.

  • Gavin Massey on: away support, 4-1 win at Rochdale and upcoming clash with Rotherham United.
  • Winger thanks fans for backing at the Crown Oil Arena.
  • "Our aim is to win all six." - 25-year-old determined to help Latics win Sky Bet League One.

Gavin Massey Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United programme

Latics were in full flow on Tuesday evening when they put four goals past Rochdale on the quest for promotion, and winger Gavin Massey was heavily involved in three second half goals, lighting up the final third to allow his team mates to finish off the 4-1 victory.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the win at the Crown Oil Arena, Massey was delighted with the result, and the recognition from Latics, 1,629 travelling supporters who sang his name on the night.

“It was nice to hear the song about me, I really appreciate that from the fans. They were different class on Tuesday night,” Massey began.

“I feel like I contribute well to the team, naturally I want to get more goals and assists, but that’s just from a personal point of view. The most important thing is getting this club promoted, as long as the role I play is good for the team then I’m happy.

“I’ve picked up in the last few games in terms of assists and I’ve enjoyed joining in with our attacking play.”

Focusing on Latics’ attacking ability and the test Rochdale provided, Massey continued:

“We knew from last week that Tuesday night would be a difficult game because Rochdale play good football and they’ve had some excellent results recently.

“They’re down at the bottom of the table, but we knew they’d be at it. From minute one we were different class on the night and that showed in the performance and the score line.

“You saw our attacking ability against MK Dons and we carried that on against Rochdale. The gaffer told us to get the ball down and play a bit more in the second half but to remain wary of their threats.

“We took control from minute one of the second half and started playing really nice football. You could see that from the quality of the goals, they were different class.

“We’ve scored a lot of goals this season and the play in the final third has been excellent. Our goals don’t just come from the forwards either, our defenders have chipped in with crucial goals.

“The boys at the back have been just as important with the clean sheets they’ve kept. That builds confidence for the attacking players to go out and win games.

“We pride ourselves on playing a good, attacking brand of football and that’s been clear for everyone to see with nine goals in the last two games.”

Three points at Spotland moved Latics back to the Sky Bet League One summit on goal difference above Blackburn Rovers, but it’s still very much one game at a time for Massey and the team.

“The aim is win all six our remaining games. They’re all huge games for us and we don’t take any of them likely.

“Everyone always says there will be twists and turns along the way, but we’re going out there with the focus on winning all six games and if we do that then we’ll be champions.

“It’s Saturday-Tuesday until the end of the season barring that final week, but we’re well prepared for that. We’ve got a big squad full of quality players.

“Everyone has played a massive role, from those who play regularly to the boys who haven’t featured as much. The gaffer can call on anyone and they’ll be ready, so it’s a massive team effort.

“We’re not there yet, but we go again on Saturday to work towards promotion.

“You don’t get tired at this stage of the season, you just want to keep playing and playing. It was a downer losing against Portsmouth, but the games come so thick and fast that you just want to play and keep ticking the games off.”


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