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24 November 2018

Naismith assesses Latics’ stalemate with the Royals as he returns to the starting XI for Paul Cook’s side.

  • WATCH: Kal Naismith reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 0-0 draw with Reading at the DW Stadium
  • Naismith on Latics’ draw with the Royals on Saturday afternoon
  • Naismith: “It was disappointing none of our chances went in but I still think there are a lot of positives we can take from today.”

Wigan Athletic’s Kal Naismith says Latics have to work on the positives of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Reading at the DW Stadium.

The point ended Latics’ four-game losing streak but, though Paul Cook’s side had chances, they couldn’t find a winning goal which would have been the perfect start to an important week.

Reflecting post-match, Naismith said:

“I think there were lots of positives; in the first-half we created lots of chances, played some good football and their keeper has made some great saves whilst we have also missed a few chances.

“You sometimes think maybe it is just not your day.

“The boys defended well, I thought we looked in a good shape and hard to break down but they are also a good side and they were always going to have moments in the game too.”

Naismith started at left back in place of the injured Antonee Robinson and, though the position isn’t natural to the Scot, he adapted well in a solid display.

“Me and Robbo [Gary Roberts] worked well down the left,” Naismith continued. “We got in a few times and Josh [Windass] and Powelly [Nick Powell] linked up with us well.

“It was disappointing none of those chances went in but I still think there are a lot of positives we can take from Saturday.

“Jedi [Antonee Robinson] has been superb and it is a shame he has picked up his injury but the whole squad are ready when called upon to try and come in and do a job.”

Naismith is playing in the Championship for the first time in his career and he admits he is gradually adjusting to life in the second tier.

“I think it takes time,” he added. “It is a big step up for me but I’ll keep working hard to be good enough to take the chances when I get them.

“There are a lot of good teams, good players every week and it is pretty unforgiving so to get any point like today is good. It’s exciting being here and I am grateful.

“This is something to build on for us because it is easy to get stuck in a rut, we have seen it so many times.”

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