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8 December 2018

Skipper Samy Morsy gives his thoughts after 10-man Latics were edged out by Derby County at the DW Stadiu

  • iFollow Latics - Samy Morsy's post-Derby County reflection.
  • Captain strong in his views of Latics' battling second half performance.
  • "We will only go from strength-to-strength." - Samy Morsy.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 1-0 defeat to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship, captain Samy Morsy said there was only one team in the game before Kal Naismith's early red card, and that he and his team mates can be proud of the second half display.

"In the second half there was only one team going to score.

"It was hard with us being down to 10 men, but these things happen in football.

"We took the game to them very early on and with 11 men there would have been only one winner today."

Jack Marriott's 21st minute header was the diffeence in the driving rain at the DW Stadium, but after going down to 10 men and conceding midway through the first half, Morsy couldn't be prouder of the team's efforts.

"The red card situation can happen to anyone, the ball is on the wrong side and it's a great run by their lad.

"Once we steadied ourselves we controlled the game. Credit to the lads for the performance in the second half.

"We wanted to have a go at them in the second half, that's the way the manager plays. They scored a good goal to be fair to them and (Jack) Marriott is a quality player.

"We had a go at them after that, we stayed strong and they didn't have any chances.

"Once we changed the midfield around a little bit the manager told me to get higher up the pitch and play. I enjoyed it and we had a couple of good chances. The lads worked so hard today and we were the better team even with 10 men, which is credit to everyone out there."

With a number of key players likely to return over the Christmas period, Morsy says he can't see anything other than Latics growing from strenght-to-strength this season.

"You look at the injuries we've had to starting XI players and it'll be the most in the league without a doubt.

"We've had injuries in pretty much every position, it's been horrendous. You get unlucky like that sometimes because the medical staff do a great job at this club.

"On the flip side of that we'll end up in a situation when everyone's fit and firing.

"We're doing well despite the injuries, but we still feel like there is a lot more to come from this team.

"It's a great squad, we're getting players back now and we know what we can do."

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