Latics’ first team coach says Latics’ win over Hull City was great but put into perspective with news of Stephen Darby’s retirement earlier today.
- WATCH: Wigan Athletic first team coach Anthony Barry on Latics’ 2-1 win over Hull City
- Barry proud of Latics’ performance but says the football club felt the news of Stephen Darby’s retirement earlier today and that put tonight’s match into perspective
- Barry: “It was a great night for us; but everything was put into perspective today by the news of Stephen Darby’s retirement and I think the whole football family feels news like that and our thoughts are with Stephen and Steph.”
Wigan Athletic first team coach Anthony Barry says Latics’ win over Hull City on Tuesday night was massively put into perspective following the retirement of Bolton Wanderers defender Stephen Darby earlier today.
Darby, who played for Liverpool and Bradford City amongst others, had to cut short his career today at the age of 29, following the news he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
Barry and Latics’ first team staff were insistent the post-match talk started with placing the thoughts of everyone at Wigan Athletic with Stephen, his wife Steph and family.
“It was a great night for us; but everything was put into perspective today by the news of Stephen Darby’s retirement and I think the whole football family feels news like that and our thoughts are with Stephen and Steph,” Barry added. “It really affected everyone at our club today and all we can do is pass on our thoughts and let them know we are thinking of them.”
Latics were excellent on the night and their win takes them up to 7th in the Sky Bet Championship.
Samy Morsy and Josh Windass got the goals in a 2-1 win over Nigel Adkins’ Tigers.
“In this league, it is about bouncing back and how the players react to disappointment and I think that is an emotion that is never far away in football, especially at this level and in this league,” Barry added.
“It was important for us tonight to show our team spirit and the fact that we can come back and the fact that in adversity we can turn around and get results. I think Brentford was a tough lesson for us and a tough afternoon so to bounce back the way we did tonight was good.
“I don’t think we started the game too well and there was a touch of a lack of confidence whereas Hull started the game really brightly after their win on Saturday.
“We grew in to the game and the goal came at a really important time for us.
“This level tests you in all areas of your game, whether you can attack, whether you can defend and I think in every game you are asked a lot of questions. Tonight, fortunately, I think we answered them because Hull did cause us problems; they had two up front early on which not many teams do against us, so it was a different type of challenge and one we are happy to come through for sure.”
On Latics’ goal-scorers Morsy and Windass, Barry continued:
“I think Samy is a fantastic captain for us; he is a great personality. Saturday has been and gone and tonight Samy fully justified his place in the team and showed what a great leader he is.
“Josh’s goal has been coming; we know what a player and what a talent Josh is and his numbers up in Scotland suggest he will score goals. We have seen him in training and he is taking chances on a regular basis so we are relaxed about Josh and the goals he will score for us.”