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3 May 2019

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Latics defender Jonas Olsson reflects on his enjoyable spell at Wigan Athletic.

  • Latics Listen – Jonas Olsson reflects on his spell at Wigan Athletic.
  • The experienced Swede captained Latics in their 1-1 draw against Birmingham City last-time out.
  • Olsson reflects on a memorable few weeks for Latics, who secured their Championship safety after a dramatic 2-1 away win against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Experienced defender Jonas Olsson spoke with Latics Listen on a memorable few weeks for Paul Cook’s side, with the club confirming their Championship status after a dramatic 2-1 win over promotion hopefuls Leeds United.

The former Swedish international captained Latics in their 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at St. Andrew's, extending the club’s unbeaten league run to four games ahead of their season finale against Millwall at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Speaking to Latics Listen, Olsson reflected on his spell with Latics:

“I’ve enjoyed it here, time flies when you’re having fun and sometimes you wonder as a player where all these years have gone.

“I wasn’t the player I was five years ago; I knew I wasn’t going to come here and play 20 games but I’m happy with the way things have gone.

“We had a bit of a scare in March where we were struggling but we managed to ride it out and we’ve done really well the last few weeks.”

Olsson, who captained the side at St. Andrew's, spoke of hid delight on leading the players out.

“I was very proud to get the armband when Sam (Morsy) wasn’t playing, it’s always an honour and you try to make the most of that.

“We had an excellent following down there, I thought we played well and put in a worthy performance for them.”

The 36-year-old also reflected on a nervy few weeks at the club, but highlighted the importance of Latics’ belief to achieve their end goal:

“I know what it’s like, I’ve been in this situation many times with West Bromwich Albion so I’m happy I was able to contribute.

“It’s about believing what you’re doing, and I think we have enough quality in the team to beat the very best teams in this league.

“You’ve seen throughout the season that we can compete with the teams above us, so the results the last few games have been a testament to our character as a group.”

Olsson, who initially arrived at the DW Stadium in February, also spoke on his experiences with the club and Latics’ memorable victory against Leeds United.

“I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs but that’s how football is, I was thinking before the Birmingham game last weekend that we need to enjoy it.

“Regardless with whatever team you play for that’s what football is all about for the players and supporters.

“I think the high for everyone was the game against Leeds, obviously we were 1-0 down with 10 men but to turn that around so late on was amazing for the club.

“I’ve played a lot of games in my career but that was one game that I will remember fondly and take joy from when I look back.”

The defender also looked ahead to Latics’ season finale against Millwall on Sunday afternoon.

“It will be a nice end to the season to thank them for their support, they have been so important for us this season.

“It makes the difference, I’m happy for them that we survived in this league and hopefully we can end the season strongly by picking up all three points.”

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