Latics manager Richie Wellens reflected on the goalless draw at home against Doncaster Rovers last Saturday. With Rochdale, Northampton and Franchise FC losing it left the Latics one point above the drop zone and their future in their own hands.
Wellens said, “I thought we shaded it. We were really pressing in the second half, but we just couldn't get over the line. Again, though, we lacked that bit of quality you need at crucial times. All in all was probably a positive day, though. Our destiny is back in our hands thankfully, and to be honest that's all I could have asked for before the game. It's all I could have hoped for. It can be difficult for the players when we're hearing things on the sidelines, but thankfully it's worked out for us in the end. We tried everything to get the three points of course, and every single one of the players showed loads of character and desire. Maybe we didn't quite work the goalkeeper hard enough overall, but while it wasn’t a great day, it turned out to be a decent day for us.”
“We've got the game at Northampton to look forward to now, and we've got a full week to prepare. We'll work hard all week and we'll just try and go there and win the game and then it's happy days. It'll be an emotional day next Saturday, there will be ups and downs, but we'll go there with confidence. Northampton won't roll over and die, though. Look at Doncaster, they had nothing to play for but played really well throughout.”