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11 February 2019

Central defender Emeka Obi reflects on Latics' 4-2 win against Accrington Stanley, ahead of the FA Youth Cup fifth round clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.

  • Academy: Latics won 4-2 in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday.
  • Defender Emeka Obi scored his first goal of the season and Latics' fourth of the game.
  • Obi praises his team mates and coaches ahead of Latics' FA Youth Cup clash with Liverpool this week.

Under 18 central defender Emeka Obi heaped the praise on his team mates and the club's Academy coaching staff following Saturday's 4-2 victory against Accrington Stanley, a win that sees Latics strengthen their position as leaders of the EFL Youth Alliance.

Obi, who signed his first professional contract back in November 2018, added Latics' fourth goal at Christopher Park at the weekend, following up goals from Kyle Joseph, MacKenzie O'Neill and Charlie Jolley.

Speaking after the game, Obi said:

“Credit to the lads, they all trained hard as usual in the build-up to Accrington, so we felt like the win was deserved.

“Obviously, it was a tough game and they made it hard for us, but we got stuck in and did well in the end.”

Latics initially fell behind to Accrington, but Obi said the positive attitude that has been instilled on the players by staff at the Academy helped them to complete a quick turnaround.
“We knew we’d get back into the game, we played well for the majority of the first half.

“We didn’t put our heads down when we went behind, we all knew we were going to get a goal, it was just about when it happened.

“Credit to all the coaches for that because they keep us pushing on and working hard.

“Everyday we come in and work hard, they are the ones that make the results come our way so it’s great to work under them."

On his goal, Obi added:

“I just got my body on the line and did what I could, it’s been a long time coming but I’m happy to get the goal and contribute to the win.”

Latics' biggest test of the season is just around the corner when they travel to Chester FC to take on Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday evening.

“Liverpool is probably the biggest game of our season so far, so we’re all looking forward to it.

"Beating Wolves and Hull City in the previous rounds was a great feeling. They are both above us in the Academy system and Liverpool are right at the top of the pyramid, so we know how demanding the game is going to be."

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