Kellett fighting to keep his place

Andy Kellett
Andy Kellett

ANDY Kellett is hoping to save Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell a fortune in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old summer signing from Bolton was forced to watch on for much of the first half of the season as fellow new-boy Reece James made the left wing-back position his own.

I’m appreciating being able to use more of my energy at the right end of the field and it’s paying off

Andy Kellett

However, after being deployed in a more advanced midfield role in the last

two games, he’s responded with the opening goal on each occasion – at Barnsley and Fleetwood – to help Latics to six precious points.

Kellett admits he’s loving life nearer the opposition’s goal than his own, and is

desperate to keep his spot for Saturday’s trip to Scunthorpe.

“That’s two goals in two games now, and hopefully I can work hard in training this week and keep my place in the side,” Kellett told Wigan Today. “I’m really enjoying playing in this more advanced role.

“There’s not as much defensive responsibility, which suits me as I’m more of an attacking player.

“I’m appreciating being able to use more of my energy at the right end of the field and it’s paying off.

“I’m still getting used to the role, but it’s so far so good at the moment.”

Latics were involved in a real battle on the sea front at Fleetwood on Monday, before Kellett opened the scoring with a low shot from distance that found the bottom corner.

Although the visitors were pegged back at the three-quarter mark, late goals from Jordy Hiwula and Michael Jacobs secured a second away win on the bounce.

“It was great to get on the scoresheet again,” he acknowledged.

“And I thought the lads dug in really well to get the three points.

“It wasn’t really a game of football, it was more of a battle that we had to win.

“But the lads did very well to get there in the end.

“You’re not always going to get chance to play your football in this league.

“You go to grounds like Fleetwood, where it’s windy and the ball’s bobbling everywhere, and you’ve got to win your own personal battle with your opponent.

“If you can do that, hopefully your quality will come through in the end, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Kellett also fancies Wigan’s chances of making it three away wins in a row this weekend at Scunthorpe.

“It’s going to be another game like Fleetwood, where we’re going to have to scrap for the three points,” he added.

“But I think we’ve shown so far this season that we’re more than capable of winning

ugly.

“You look at our bench as well, and it’s the best in the league by a mile.

“That’s helping to keep the players in the starting XI on their feet.

“Everyone is bringing something different to the table, and that makes it great for the manager when he wants to change things.”