Latics wide man Gavin Massey’s thoughts following a 5-2 derby day victory over Bolton Wanderers.
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Wigan Athletic’s Gavin Massey reflected on a stellar performance and victory for Paul Cook’s Latics as they ended a barren run to inflict defeat on local rivals Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.
“We needed a big performance today and everyone put in a ten out of ten and now we can rest and go again after the international break,” Massey began.
“To get the bragging rights in a local derby like that is great for everyone involved at the club.
“We know our home record is really strong and we knew today was a massive game after a disappointing week and to put in a performance like that is credit to us.
“We couldn’t have done it without the fans, they really helped us to get over the line today.”
Massey also reflected on Latics performance and scoring his second goal at the DW Stadium.
“I only seem to like scoring away from home, but it was a great feeling, we started like a house on fire in the second-half; the goal helped to settle the nerves and then we saw the game through magnificently well in the end.
“Especially with Derby and Reading, we had chances in the first-half to put the game to bed, obviously today we went in at 1-0 so we still felt that little bit of disappointment, but in the second-half we came out and we were hungry for the win.”
The forward, who flourished in Latics’ victory, spoke about his side’s frustration at conceding two second half goals, despite grabbing three points.
“It was probably lapses of concentration from us, but we responded straight away and that was massive for us”, he added.
“To get the five goals it’s great for all the fans, they’ve seen some goals and there’s no better way to deliver them than in a local derby, we’ve just got to carry that into the game against Brentford after the international break.”
Latics host Brentford next in the Sky Bet Championship, with Massey believing the club’s strong home form will stand them in good stead come the end of the campaign.
“It’s credit to the lads, the manager has put emphasis on our home form ever since he took charge, we’ve put in some massive performances and beaten some good teams here.
“We’ve got a two-week break, we’ve got players to come back like Pilks (Pilkington) and Foxy (Fox) so we’re only going to get stronger as a team.”