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WATCH: KAL NAISMITH ON WIGAN ATHLETIC'S SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW WITH MIDDLESBROUGH

2 March 2019

Kal Naismith believes Latics should be pleased with a point against Sky Bet Championship promotion chasers Middlesbrough as Paul Cook's side go five games unbeaten.

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Wigan Athletic’s Kal Naismith praised his teammates after Latics fought their way to a point against Sky Bet Championship promotion chasers Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Reflecting post-match, Naismith – who impressed again for Paul Cook’s side – said:

“I thought to a man we were excellent all over the pitch and we limited a top side to very few chances; we defended well and created a few chances of our own – we are happy with the point.

“We had a few chances where we got half decent balls into the box and we created chances – we had a few efforts, nothing really clear cut, but they are a top team and it was a good game, a really good game to be involved in – really competitive.

“We will look back on games like this; of course, we are at home and we want to win but they are a top side and the big names they have throughout their squad. At the end of the season, we will sit down and look at these points and say it was a good point.

“We have definitely got a good bit of momentum and we have not tasted defeat in a while, which is always good. We are coming into the games when we arrive at the ground not thinking about defeat one bit but more about building momentum and that is 100% a good thing.”

Naismith played slightly higher with Cook opting for a 3-5-2 formation this afternoon and the Scot was full of praise for how his teammates adapted to a new system.

“I was a bit further forward today and it is a different position to what I have been playing recently but anywhere we are asked to play, we will take to it fully and try and do a job for the team,” he explained.

“Lee Evans went out on the right and I was on the left a bit further forward with a few more men to look after but then the onus when we have the ball to create a few chances. I thought Lee was outstanding and I worked hard at it, as all the boys did – it was good for us.”

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