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15 March 2018

Michael Jacobs looks back on his late winner against Bradford City.

  • Michael Jacobs’ post-match thoughts following Latics’ 1-0 win at Bradford City.
  • Forward Jacobs praises Will Grigg’s impact on match-winning goal.
  • Jacobs delighted with support at Bradford and the group’s collectiveness.

“It’s a massive three points for us,” Michael Jacobs told iFollow Latics after his match-winning stoppage time goal against Bradford City on Wednesday night.

“We’ve had some results in the league recently when we’ve not played well and this game brought us back to basics. We kept a clean sheet and got a very good away win.

“At this stage of the season we know we’re going to face scrappy games like this. Pitches aren’t great at this time of year and teams are fighting for their lives.

“Bradford are trying to get in the play-offs and we’re fighting for automatic promotion, so the battle is always going to be tough.

“Nobody goes into a football match and wants to let the other team be on top of them, so you’re going to get occasions when teams target certain players like Powelly, who has fantastic ability.”

Speaking about his goal in the first minute of injury time, Jacobs continued.

“You play football to get involved in the scenes like that at the end of the game.

“It was a great touch from Griggy, exactly the quality you expect from him and I’ve just tapped it in.

“There’s no chance he’s going to take that one off me, he’s more than returned the favour for taking mine off me against Blackburn.

“It was a phenomenal touch the way he guided it into my path allowed me to guide it in.”

On the squad’s performance at the Northern Commercials Stadium and the support for the team, Jacobs added:

“Everyone was fantastic, it was a real team performance. We’re a resilient team as a group, defensively we do a great job and we want clean sheets.

“The boys at the back were outstanding, facing up against a very direct style of play on a tough pitch.

“We’re all in it as a group, win, lose or draw. The supporters come out and get behind us home and away, all we can ask them to do is keep coming out in their numbers. Hopefully we can put on performances and create situations like we did at the end by winning games.

“Fair play to the fans who came tonight and support like this keeps us going as a group.”

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