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SAMY MORSY ON: HIS 250TH CAREER LEAGUE APPEARANCE, LATICS' 4-1 WIN AT ROCHDALE, GAVIN MASSEY, AND THE TEAM'S NEXT TEST AGAINST ROTHERHAM UNITED

13 April 2018

Latics captain Samy Morsy's feature interview inside the Rotherham United match day programme.

  • Feature interview: Latics captain and Egypt international Samy Morsy.
  • Morsy discusses his recent 250 milestone and Latics' 4-1 win at Rochdale.
  • The skipper looks ahead to the final six matches of the season.

Speaking for his feature interview in the match day programme ahead of Saturday's game against Rotherham United, Latics captain Samy Morsy says having back-to-back home games at this stage of the season is an excellent advantage in the race for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Below is an excerpt from Samy's chat, with the full interview available in Saturday's programme or online through Ignition Sports Media.

ROTHERHAM UNITED IS THE FIRST OF TWO HOME GAMES IN FOUR DAYS, HOW MUCH OF A BOOST IS THAT HAVING COLLECTED TWO WINS IN THE PAST SEVEN DAYS?

“Our home form has been great all season, so to be back at the DW for the next two matches could see us a long way to our target come the end of the season.

“These are two great games for us against Rotherham and Oxford United, so it could be a really good week for us if we focus on making that so.

“Everyone needs points at this stage of the season, so teams coming to the DW needing to open up suits us, but in terms of our game, nothing changes.

“We’ve only lost two at home all season and that’s been down to controlling matches, which is something we’ll continue to aim for on the run-in.”

YOU MADE YOUR 250TH CAREER LEAGUE APPEARANCE ON TUESDAY AGAINST ROCHDALE, AN EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENT?

“It’s a great achievement because I’m focused on playing as many games as possible during my career. It’s not something I usually keep track of because I’m always concentrating on what we get out of games as a team and how I can improve on a personal level to help that.

“When I first started out at Port Vale it was a tough pathway through to the first team and the demand was very high. To look back on that and now be pushing towards 300 career appearances is an excellent achievement for me.

“It was make or break for me when I was coming through at Port Vale because it was at a time when the first team was full of second year scholars and first year professionals.

“Around eight players from the academy played in the first team when I was a first-year scholar and not one of them is playing league football now. Now that you’ve mentioned the milestone of 250 league matches, I look back at my time growing up and I’ve very pleased with how I handled it.”

GAVIN MASSEY HAS BEEN EXCELLENT IN RECENT WEEKS AND YOU’VE BEEN A BIG ADVOCATE OF HIS IMPACT ON THE TEAM, CAN YOU EXPAND ON THAT?

“Gav’s been top drawer, especially in the last two matches and all he’s missing to cap those performances off is a goal, which he very nearly got on Tuesday night.

“The manager has a lot of confidence in him as do all the boys and Gavin is more than repaying it. He had a really positive game against Rochdale and he looks back to his best which is great for him and for us as a team.

“He’s hitting form at the right time and he’s one of the hardest working players in the squad. He works really well with Nathan Byrne to make sure they’re both attacking threats, but also to keep teams out on our right side.”

HOW DO YOU ASSESS THE 4-1 VICTORY AGAINST ROCHDALE?

“It was a good, convincing win going into the final six games. We’re playing well and with lots of confidence. We’ve put a marker out in the league, not just with Tuesday’s result, but with last Saturday’s against MK Dons as well."

WITH A GAME IN HAND, HOW PLEASED ARE YOU TO BE BACK ON TOP?

“We’ve said it for a while now that with all of our games in hand it’s very much still up to us to win promotion.

“We’ve made sure that we’ve won as many games as possible and we’re on a good run of form at the moment, but with the games left we have to be focused on winning all six because neither Blackburn or Shrewsbury will be letting up any time soon.”

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