Diame backs Latics to get result

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MOHAMED Diame insists Latics can pick up much-needed points at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The side face the mammoth task of overcoming Chelsea, who still have work to do to ensure they finish in a Champions League spot.

The Frenchman was a second half substitute during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur and believes the side were very unlucky to come away with just a point.

Nobody at the club needs reminding of what happened to Latics the last time they travelled to Chelsea last May when they were swept aside 8-0.

But Diame says the players won’t even be thinking about that result when they line up in the capital, and will instead be drawing on their giant-killing efforts which this season has seen them beat Spurs away and claimed draws against Liverpool – twice– and Arsenal.

“We believe we can get points out of anybody,” he told the Evening Post.

“At the moment, with the situation we’re in, we have some really difficult matches coming up so we have to be of the belief that we can get something from every game.

“Points are all that matter. It doesn’t matter who they are against or where they come from, we approach every game as if we can get something from them.

“It doesn’t matter if it is Chelsea or anybody else but we proved last year that we could get something out of these games and we have got similar results this season as well and that is the attitude we’ll be taking on Saturday.”

Although many Latics fans would have gladly taken a point before the game, Diame says that it felt like two points dropped when factoring in the number of chances they had.

“It’s two points dropped, that is the way we are looking at it,” he added.

“The spirit in the team is fantastic. Everyone wants to go out there and put a good performance together but ultimately, although it is a good point against a decent team, in the position that we are in the league, maybe it is two points dropped.”

Diame has started 24 games this campaign but with midfield trio Tom Cleverley, Ben Watson and James McCarthy performing so well of late, he has had to settle for a place on the bench.

And although he admits it is frustrating at times, it is something he comes to expect with such strong competition.

“Fighting for places is something that everybody gets used to,” he said.

“Every footballer expects competition, nobody’s place is taken for granted.

“Yes, it is a little bit frustrating, it just means that you have to work harder to get in the team and the more choices the manager has to make, the better it is for the team.

“All I can do is do everything I can to try and feature but ultimately it is about the team having options and the club progressing.

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