Latics 1 Franchise 0

Last updated : 16 February 2018 By The Chairman

Richie Wellens was delighted with the 1-0 victory over Franchise FC on Tuesday night. Anthony Gerrard got the all-important match-winner in the first half which dragged the Latics out of the relegation zone and into sixth spot from the bottom of the league, a massive move.

Wellens said, “People keep saying to me that the result is the most important thing, and it is. Despite a shocking pitch, the players applied themselves really well. Their attitude was spot on. Fair play to MK Dons [franchise], they wanted to play, but I just thought we caused a few more problems than they did. I’m buzzing with the result, but it hasn’t been nice to sit there and watch. You’re telling players to do stuff you don’t actually want them to do, but it was right for certain situations.”

“As I keep saying, it doesn’t matter yet. The bottom 10 teams will keep going in cycles. Teams that are going on a good run are getting sucked back in it. If we’re six or seven points clear with a couple of games to go, then I’ll be happy. We need to concentrate on ourselves, and what we need is more wins to keep climbing the table. This win was the first step towards that. If you’d have offered me four points from the last two games I would have taken that. We’ve had three tough games actually, but the players are in good heart after those now.”