Returning Wigan Athletic star aiming to nail down spot

Joe Bennett ended almost nine months of frustration by making his Wigan Athletic debut at Accrington - then challenged himself to stay in the side.

Wednesday, 1st December 2021, 9:20 am
Joe Bennett in action at Accrington

The 31-year-old defender played for three-quarters of Tuesday night's Papa John's Trophy clash at Accrington.

It marked the end of a long injury nightmare, which began with an ankle problem during the latter stages of his time at Cardiff, before a couple of calf niggles prevented him hitting the ground running at Wigan.

But having reported no after-effects, Bennett is hoping to make up for lost time with the gruelling festive period on its way.

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"I’m just happy to get through," he said. “I’m happy to get some minutes and I’m really thankful for the manager and the staff for bringing me in.

"Coming in with a long-term injury is not easy, it’s been a long road, but I’m just so happy to be back out on the pitch.

“I’ve been dying to play games and it’s a good group as well.

"We’ve got a lot of good players here so I have to do well to try and get in the team.

"It’s not a given that I’m going to play so I want to try and do well in training, see if I can get in the team, and see if I can stay there.”

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