Date: 25th January 2015 at 6:02pm
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Manager Chris Powell has said that everybody in the squad more than played their part in the one nil victory over Wigan yesterday.

Therefore it means absolutely everybody deserves all the praise they get for picking up our first away win in three months, but the gaffer is more pleased to see our current momentum continuing as we’ve picked up ten points from the last five games and lifted ourselves into joint 12th place level with Nottingham Forest in the table.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the manager said of the win and the clean sheet.

‘They’ve been a long time coming. I thought we were very good on a tough pitch in a tense atmosphere, obviously both sides wanted the points. We recognised all week that this was the start of three huge games in our season. Wigan are away at Ipswich next week, so they will have targeted today’s game – but we did too. I saw the chairman yesterday and told him this was a game we needed to come through to see what sort of players we have here. I thought they were excellent, to a man. They all played their part.’

Powell goes on to say that on the ‘balance’ of play in the first half, he felt we should’ve gone into the half time break with the lead, and had we done so he felt it would’ve been well deserved, especially with the two efforts Wigan cleared off the line, so to get the late winner was especially pleasing but he was under no illusions as to how ‘hard fought’ a game it actually was.

He also didn’t dodge the fact the winner in the end was a ‘fortuitous’ goal for us, and he jokes that Conor Coady is ‘claiming he knew what he was doing, so I’ll take it!’

Adding that Coady is a good finisher and should score more than he does, but with how we set up his attacking play has suffered as he sits in midfield now to allow the others to go forward, and Powell says it’s part of the reason we’ve brought David Edgar in as he ‘wants’ to do that, so it gives us other options.

One player who needed a mention was the facemasked James Vaughan, with everybody expecting him to have some time on the sidelines following his facial injury.

‘I’m sure everyone was quite amazed he was out there – because I was. The specialist said he could play and to be fair to Vaughany, he really want to play. That was important, I trusted him.’

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