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23 April 2018

Jamie Jones reserves special praise for coach Nick Colgan after promotion and a new club clean sheet record.

  • Reaction: Jamie Jones on promotion and record breaking.
  • Goalkeeper Jones holds special praise for team mate Christian Walton and coach Nick Colgan.
  • Goalkeeping duo set new clean sheet record for the club at 26 in a single league season.

Speaking to iFollow Latics following Saturday's 4-0 victory over Fleetwood Town and the club's promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, goalkeeper Jamie Jones gave his thoughts on Latics' return to the second tier, and a new club record for clean sheets in a season.

"We're here to keep clean sheets and get the job done. Myself and Christian (Walton) have played our part and we've got a terrific defence in front of us.

"We both know how well we've done this season and the proof is in the clean sheets we've kept.

"I've used my experience to push Christian on and he's working hard to keep his shirt, so to speak, we both train hard and we push each other, that's what being a goalkeeper is all about.

"We always encourage each other and help each other out and that's been proved plenty of times on the pitch."

Jones continued, highlighting the job done by Latics' coaching staff and manager Paul Cook:

"For me we've got the best staff in the league and that's why we are where we are. If it wasn't for the staff getting us going and getting us playing, we wouldn't be where we are.

"Anthony Barry has been in for his first season and he's been magnificent. The gaffer has done it before and he won the League Two title last year with Leam (Richardson).

"For us goalkeepers Nick Colgan has been special. He got promoted to the Premier League last year with Huddersfield Town, but he's come here and worked with me and Christian, and Dan (Lavercombe) and Owen (Evans), and he's been absolutely magnificent.

"Nick has coached us all the way and the clean sheet record stands because of his work with us."

With promotion sealed and three games to go, Jones believes Latics have everything it takes to push on and win the Sky Bet League One title.

"We feel like we deserve to win the title, we definitely want to win it because it's massive for us.

"We've got to work hard, we can't lift our foot off the gas because it's there for us to win."

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