Wigan Athletic skipper enjoying captaincy honour

Joe GarnerJoe Garner
Joe Garner
Joe Garner admits he's revelling in the responsibility of the captain's armband after inspiring Wigan Athletic's third win on the bounce against Doncaster.

The 32-year-old scored his fifth goal in six games in all competitions to guide resurgent Latics into the top 10 in League One.

And having been given the captaincy following the departure of most of the senior players from last season, he's more than happy to steer the ship towards calmer waters.

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"I don't think there's anyone left, is there?!" he laughed. “But seriously, I am enjoying it.

"The young lads out there are doing well, the two centre midfielders are done really well and Tom Pearce at left back as well.

"It is a pleasure to be out there with them."

Garner was once again in the right place at the right time to ensure Latics picked up all three points, nodding home Viv Solomon-Otabor's cross home on the hour mark.

“Viv is a good player," he acknowledged. "I see him every day in training, he’s direct and quick and has a few assists this year.

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"He’s a pleasure to play with, and of course it's always nice to score goals.

“I am confident in my own ability and confident in the players that we have brought in and the players we have got.

"If I get chances then I can score goals."

Garner was also pleased with the way Latics ground out three points having not been at the races in the opening 45 minutes.

“We're over the moon with how we played in the second- half, because first half we weren’t really at it," he acknowledged.

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“We came in at half-time, spoke about it, and went out second half and played really well.

“The manager spoke at half-time and was right in what he was saying.

"But we came out in the second half and I thought we were the better team.

"They probably should have gone in leading.

"But we stuck in there, came out second half and were the better team.”

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