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15 March 2019

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The skipper's message ahead of Saturday's derby clash with Bolton Wanderers.

  • Samy Morsy pre-Bolton Wanderers.
  • The captain speaking on episode 30 of Latics Listen.
  • Latics host Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium this Saturday.

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Speaking on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, captain Samy Morsy went into detail about the team's positive attitude towards the final nine games of the season, starting with Saturday's derby day meeting with Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium.

You can listen to Samy, or read an excerpt from the skipper below.

“We find ourselves in a situation where we’re fighting, but we’ve seen some positive signs like with the Reading game, despite the defeat.

“I thought we did well in the Derby game, but the Blackburn Rovers defeat was unacceptable, and we’ve had three games in the last week where we’ve not got enough points so there’s some positives and negatives.

“It’s a huge game for the football club on Saturday, we need to try and enjoy it and take it in our stride, but there’s a great unity within the squad and we will get through it together.”

You’ve worked with Paul Cook for a while now and he always puts a positive emphasis on stages like this, how important is it to approach the Bolton Wanderers game considering we’re still in the driving seat in this relegation fight?

“It’s a good level to be playing at and we want to continue playing at this level and that’s when we’ve got to be together.

“Credit to the fans who always stick by us, but we will come together and we'll work to steer our way towards safety and we’ll enjoy it as our destiny is in our own hands.”

How important is it to draw a line past these results and look ahead rather than look back?

“The reality is it’s not going to take a whole load of points to stay in the division, which means we’re not going to win every game, but every game is a new opportunity and hopefully we can get some good days and nights for the football club.”

“Saturday is one we’ll enjoy, it’s one the fans will right behind us for and we need to get together, look after each other and hopefully get a huge three points.

“In times like this, the easy thing to do is not to take responsibility and step back from the situation. The successful ones are those that stick together and remain on the same page throughout the whole season and that’s what we need to do.

“Two years ago, I came back in January and the atmosphere was so flat, the relegation last time was almost inevitable, but this time round we have a good set of players, good manager and staff with good home form, so there’s no better way to get three points and begin that upwards momentum than with this next match."

Despite three defeats in a row there never seems to be a low point within the dressing room, it all seems to be at a certain level?

“You can’t afford to get down about yourselves, the reality is you take your wins whilst you can and that’s all you can do.

“We’ve got the capability of big performances, I feel Danny Fox being injured was a massive blow for us but he will be back soon, Callum McManaman came on and had a good half on Tuesday, so we’ve got some good players here.”

You’re one of the lads who has experience in the Championship, and you mentioned the fans before, how important are they as you approach the remainder of the season?

“I’ve got such a good relationship with the fans, the biggest thing for me was two years ago with the club in a difficult situation, but they stuck by us and want more success again.

“We owe it to them to stay in the division and build in the summer and hopefully we can deliver that to them.”

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