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WATCH: "WE'RE SHOWING THAT WE'RE NOT JUST A CATEGORY THREE TEAM." - SCOTT SMITH

11 December 2018

Under 18 skipper Scott Smith says Latics are making other teams worried about facing them in the FA Youth Cup after third round win at Molineux.

  • iFollow Latics - Latics captain Scott Smith's thoughts following 2-1 win at Wolves.
  • Wigan-born Smith delighted with his team mates' determination in the FA Youth Cup.
  • Divin Baningime and Charlie Jolley scored in Latics' 2-1 win at Molineux.

Speaking to iFollow Latics alongside goal scorer Charlie Jolley, Latics' Under 18 captain Scott Smith said he was delighted with the way the team pulled together to see out the victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Divin Baningime gave Latics the lead on the night at Molineux, before Jolley made it 2-0 ahead of the break, but the second half took a turn when Wolves pulled a goal back through Austin Samuels moments into the second 45. Wolves were reduced to 10 men when Chem Campbell's high boot caught defender Harry Jolley, but Latics were made to work for their win, as Smith explained.

“It was a great win, I think the lads dug deep as it was hard towards the end, but throughout the game we stuck to the plan.

“It was a tough game, but we stick together, and we got a good win off the end of that.”

On the occasion at and leading the team out at Molineux, Smith continued:

“I think we were the better side, especially in the first half. We were on top for a lot of it and we didn’t give them a chance on the ball because we knew the quality that they had.

“We tried to work on what we’ve done throughout the week and put it on show and I think we’ve done that well."

Latics unbeaten in the 2018-19 season, a run which now stretches to 18 games, and with the EFL Youth Alliance Cup quarter final ahead of them on Saturday, Smith says the boys are determined to prove a point this campaign.  

“It’s important to keep this run going and we've got Lincoln this weekend in another cup game.

"I think the run we're on shows our opponents, especially Hull in the fourth round, that we’re the team to beat.

“We’re not just a category three team, we’re making other opponents scared of us so if we keep this run going it would be great.”


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