The Latics are back

Last updated : 01 April 2007 By The Chairman
The Latics won the battle for fourth spot in League One with a convincing 1-0 triumph over Yeovil. Gary McDonald (pictured below) did the damage by getting the important goal in the 37th. minute. It was a return to their old cavalier style after a few shaky game of late and it restored a lot of confidence around Boundary Park.

John Sheridan was obviously delighted and told the official website, "This is a good win in a big game against a team who are in and around us. Now we've climbed above them, and it's important we win two or three early on to take the pressure off in the last couple of games. Our attitude was very good today. We were much better than last week and deserved to win. We took the game to Yeovil, got plenty of balls into the box and got a little break with Gary's goal. Going in at half-time I was confident we would win, but it's always a bit nervy at one-nil. They had the one opportunity in the second half, but apart from that we looked solid and created one or two chances more chances ourselves. At the end of the day we got what we wanted, three points."

"Gary's attitude has been very good since I left him out of the team. He's not complained, he's trained hard and worked hard. That's the type of kid he is. I don't think he expected to play today, but I put him in to freshen things up and he did what he's good at, making those runs into the box. Overall, we looked like we wanted it today, whereas we didn't at Brentford. It wasn't a great game, but I'll settle for that as long as we're getting the result. At this stage of the season, the game isn't about performances. It's about getting three points."

Gary McDonald was quick not to take all the credit and insisted that it was a team effort. He said, "I thought I did OK, but the main thing is the team got the three points. The team performed well, and I didn't think we were in any danger apart from their one chance, and it's always a bit nervy at one-nil. Unfortunately we couldn't find that second goal, but we won and that keeps us away from the teams who are chasing us. Richie Wellens made a great run, put the pass through and I was in one-on-one. I didn't have much time to think about it, but then again with the pace of the ball I didn't really have much to do and I just stuck it away. You should always score when in those kind of positions. I'm just taking each game as it comes."

"We need to get more points in the bag as soon as we can, starting with the game against Huddersfield next week. Six points out of the Easter weekend, that'd make it nine points from three games, would put us in an ideal position. You always want to be a part of the big games, and there's still everything to play for."