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13 January 2018

Forward frustrated by 0-0 draw against Peterborough United, but happy to continue unbeaten run.

  • Michael Jacobs' post-Peterborough United reaction.
  • Latics drew 0-0 with Posh at the DW Stadium.
  • Left-sider enjoying combination with Reece James.

Michael Jacobs left the DW Stadium on Saturday evening frustrated with a 0-0 draw against Peterborough United, but insisted remaining unbeaten is a crucial positive to take from the stalemate, as Latics extended their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One to three points above Shrewsbury Town.

"It's frustrating. We've had three 0-0s at home against the teams around us. It's disappointing not to score, but it's important not to lose the game.

"Both sides had chances to win it and we knew it would play out like that.

"You go through stages in every season when you're the bounce of the ball away from scoring. We've got a lot of quality in the front four no matter who plays and we're always going to create opportunities, but we've been unfortunate at home recently.

"We've scored a lot of goals already, we're going through a bit of a baron spell, but if we keep creating chances then at some point they'll go in."

Jacobs had a number of opportunities during the game, but says he won't be making any excuses for not scoring and will continue to work to find the quality in the final third.

"I had a couple of chances when the ball didn't sit up right for me to get a shot away. I had other opportunities to score as well, but I won't be making any excuses."

On his near full-length run of the pitch to try and unstick the visitors, Jacobs added:

"It was head down and keep going. The Peterborough lads stayed with me the majority of the way and it would have been nice if I hadn't put as much on it and Vaughany (James Vaughan) had tapped it in at the back post.

"It was frustrating to go all that way and not get anything from it, but it was one of those days."

Reece James' link up with Jacobs proved impressive once again during the 90 minutes, and although the pair couldn't carve out a match-winning opportunity, the 26-year-old is happy with their performances.

"Reece signed for the club at a similar time to me and we both know each other's abilities. We car school together as well coming in, so we get on well and we know our strengths.
I know he's got the fitness to get around the outside of me.  He's got great quality and he played really well today.

"We've got a good relationship, but we need to keep working on our quality to make sure we create chances for the forwards."

Looking ahead to Latics' next home game against AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup third round replay, Jacobs added:

"We played really well down at Bournemouth for an hour or so. We created great chances and scored two good goals. At times you wouldn't have known we weren't the Premier League side in the match.

"They brought quality on, created chances and earned their draw.  It will be a good replay to have at the DW and hopefully we can progress."

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