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12 January 2019

Crackers delighted to help Paul Cook’s side to three points on his return from three-month lay-off.

  • WATCH: Michael Jacobs on his goalscoring return from injury as Wigan Athletic beat Aston Villa 3-0
  • Jacobs scored for the first time since double in Latics’ win on the opening day of the season against Sheffield Wednesday
  • Jacobs: “It was nice to be back; it has been a long couple of months and I was pleased to be able to help and contribute.”

Wigan Athletic forward Michael Jacobs was delighted to make an impact from the bench as Latics got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Jacobs got Latics’ second after Gary Roberts opened the scoring, with Joe Garner’s penalty wrapping up the win.

Jacobs, who scored for the first time since the opening day of the season on his first appearance since October’s defeat at Preston, said:

“It was nice to be back; it has been a long couple of months and I was pleased to be able to help and contribute.

“It was a massive win for us, especially to get our home form going again and a clean sheet was nice as well.

“[For the goal] I just shut my eyes and hoped it went in! It was a great ball from Lee Evans and I just tried to get a good contact and luckily it went in for me.

“A lot of people have said that to me [that Crackers doesn’t score many headers] but I scored three or four for Wolves, but probably not since I have signed for Wigan.”

The win ended a run of eight games without victory for Paul Cook’s side and Jacobs says it will be a massive boost for Latics as they look to sustain their Championship status.

“It is hard because you have fixtures in this league which mean you are probably going to go on tough runs and it is important that everyone sticks together and tries to keep the morale up,” he explained.

“It is important to enjoy these days but also focus on getting on an unbeaten run.

“I spent a lot of time out of the team I wanted to be back out there – I have been coming to watch the lads every week and results haven’t been great in the last three or four weeks so it is hard to watch.

“It is just great be back around the lads, training and now being back out at the DW is something I have looked forward to for the last couple of months.”

And with two tough away games ahead, Jacobs says the focus has to be on re-finding early season form for Latics.

“We have to look forwards,” Jacobs said. “We have good games coming up against Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest away where can go toe-to-toe with those sides.

“A lot has been said about our early season form when we went toe-to-toe with those teams.

“There is nobody in this league that we should fear and if we get an opportunity like we did today to go and press Villa, then we have to go and do that against every team.”


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