Latics skipper Samy Morsy praises 'unbelievable' following at Rangers FC.
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Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 3-0 defeat to Scottish Premiership giants Rangers FC, Latics captain Samy Morsy praised the club's following support and insists that with their backing, a successful season can be achieved.
"The fans were unbelievable today. To come up to Scotland and support us like they did and knowing they're behind the manager and us as players, I'm sure we're going to have a successful campaign. We lost a game 3-0 and the fans stayed behind and clapped us the way they did, you can't go far wrong with supporters like that. I'll always remember when we got relegated and I came back from my loan, it was a miserable time, but the fans were always behind us. I'm sure this season is going to be different from two seasons ago.
On the game itself, Morsy continued:
"I thought we were excellent in the first half, but we had a mad 10 minutes and conceded three goals, bread and butter for us if you like.
"We continued to see a lot of the ball, we had a penalty and managed to create some good chances.
"It was a good test. We're getting fitter slowly but surely and the manager is hoping to bring in fresh faces as well.
"Even though it was a friendly, that defeat hurts us, but we'll be ready for next week for sure.
"It was a fantastic performance in the first half and it was about building relationships up. This was our toughest test in pre-season.
"It was a mad 10 minutes and it can happen in football, but it will actually set us up well because we've got to learn to deal with disappointment like that."
On the result as a learning curve, Morsy added:
"Believe it or not you'd probably rather today happen than win 3-0 and think everything is great. The goals we conceded weren't us at all, if it's good play from them you can pat them on the back and say it's good quality, but that's not what opened us up today. It's disappointing, but we'll work on it back at the training ground and be ready for the season.
"Pre-season is about getting minutes, building your fitness, going into games fatigued, that's what it's all about so that you're ready for the start of the season.
"The defeat can be a brilliant learning curve for us. We were the better team today believe it or not, we just had 10 mad minutes. After we conceded we were eager to get back into the game. We tightened up, started again and slowed the game down. It will stand us in good stead that's for sure."