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19 April 2019

Latics forward Gavin Massey and centre-half (for the most part) Kal Naismith reflect on incredible win at Elland Road.

  • WATCH: Double goal-scorer Gavin Massey and Kal Naismith delighted with win over Leeds United
  • Two of Latics’ Elland Road heroes Gavin Massey and Kal Naismith speak to iFollow Latics
  • Massey: “To put in a performance like that especially with ten men is unbelievable.”

Full quotes from Gavin Massey and Kal Naismith after the win at Leeds United on Good Friday – watch the full interview FREE above with iFollow Latics.

Gavin Massey

It’s not every weekend you get to play in front of 30,000 fans, where it is deafening and you can’t really hear your own team mates. But to put in a performance like that especially with ten men is unbelievable.

There’s no better place to come and pick up another away win. To be honest, some of the away games have been heart-breaking, you see the results at Hull, Swansea and Reading where we conceded in the last minute. It’s not like we haven’t been putting in the performances, it’s just been a lapse in concentration that has killed us. If we would have picked up a few draws there and a few wins, we would have been well clear of this relegation battle. But to do it away at Leeds and pick up the win, you kind of forget what’s happened in previous games and move on.

It was a great run by Naisy [for the first goal], who played in Evo [Lee Evans] and the ball came through but I waited for a minute because I thought I was offside. The gaffer is always onto me about hard, low and into the corners. In the end I just put my foot through it and thankfully it went in.

We had a game plan, once we went down to ten men, the early stages of it, it wasn’t working for us. The gaffer then switched it to the two up top and told us to save our energy for playing up top. I’m not too sure who played the ball in but it was a great header by Leon [for the second goal], to be honest I thought he was going to go for goal, but it was a great knock down. Then they’ve left themselves really open defensively, there was a few chances when we broke that we could have scored from.

Kal Naismith

I think it was huge to get in 1-1 at half-time. It just gave us that bit of belief that it was never really going for us away from home recently. May be going down to ten, gave us a bit more of something to hold onto on a day like this against a massive team. I was saying to the boys at the end there, that I felt a little bit different at half-time. Then Gav got the second and it was an unbelievable moment for us but we’ve still got a lot of time to try and hang on. But I thought we were brilliant.

I don’t think that is somewhere I have played before [centre-half], I have played everywhere else but I can add that position to the collection now. It was good, I enjoyed it. Leeds had so much of the ball so it was just about being switched on mentally, but I thought the lads were outstanding. We deserved to get the three points in the end.

It is a massive boost for us, but there is still a job to do. So the next three games, we will recover and we will go again. Potentially a win on Monday, then that should keep us safe. We will definitely look towards Monday now, this has past now but it’s been a great day, great for the lads, great for Gav to get the two goals and great for the fans to come away on a day like this. It was a great occasion, it seemed like there was a lot of them there, so it is a great day for everyone at the club. We will recover now, go again Monday and try and secure safety.

Preston H

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