Latics guest player column - Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan

Because of the standards we’ve got here, I won’t lie, we were disappointed with the 1-1 draw at Burton in midweek.

We want to win every game we play, and that game was no different.

But the important thing was to come of the game with it still in our own hands, and in that respect we got the job done.

We showed a lot of grit, because we didn’t play brilliant on the night.

But we showed the other side of our game, which of course you need to get promoted.

It was a really tense occasion, with so much riding on the game.

And I think you could feel it all round the stadium.

Both sets of fans knew what was at stake, and that maybe came out a bit in the quality of the game, because it wasn’t great.

The players on both sides were whole-hearted, and showed how much they care, which is a credit to both clubs.

We’ve come straight in after the game, and we’ve had a look at the other scores.

Obviously with Walsall drawing as well, it makes it an even better point.

Having said that, we do like to concentrate on ourselves, and we like to win our games first and foremost.

We’ve not won in two games now, and we’ll be trying to put that right on Saturday against Southend.

It’s still in our hands, with three games to go, and you can’t ask for any more than that.

If someone had given us this position a few months ago, we’d have bitten their hands off.

We’re grateful for where we are, we’ve worked so hard to get here.

It’s important now we finish off the job, and we don’t throw it away now.

Three wins out of three and it’s obviously ours, and that’s the mindset we have to have.

If it takes three wins, then so be it.

If any other teams want to do us a favour, then that’s great.

Obviously when you’re out there on the pitch you’ve no idea what’s going on elsewhere.

All you can do is concentrate on winning your own games.

First and foremost, our aim is to get back on track, and put in a performance that we’re used to.

Our performance levels haven’t been quite there in the last couple of games, and we need to put that right.

When our passing game is up and running and we’re playing well, other teams can’t deal with us.

There’s still a job to do, though.

And we’ve never got ahead of ourselves throughout the season, no matter how well it’s been going.

When we were outside the play-offs, we never thought we weren’t going to get in there.

And likewise last week, when we were six points clear, we didn’t think we were already there.

We know there’s a job to do - and until we’re there, we won’t think any different.

It was great to see Michael Jacobs marking his return to the starting side with a goal at Burton.

It’s almost like bringing someone in on loan from a higher division.

When players are injured, they’re not always in and around the boys, and it can be very hard for any player.

But Michael’s worked so hard, he’s got himself back before the end of the season, and you can see his quality straight away.

We’ve missed him over the last three months.

Having said that, we’ve also had other players come in and also do a brilliant job.

We managed to go on a long unbeaten run, so the players who did come in must have done something right.

Yanic (Wildschut) and Haris (Vuckic) were on the bench in midweek, and that’s not taking into account the players who didn’t even make the bench.

There’s no doubting the quality in the squad, and it’s helpful for us all in pushing us to even greater heights.

Even in training, you’re always up against high quality, and that’s the key.

On a personal level it was nice to come back from injury at Burton.

I worked hard while I was off, and I always try to do things as right as I can.

Luckily I’ve come back a little bit quicker than I expected, and I was able to get back for such a big game which I was very pleased about.

I don’t like watching football when I’m injured.

It’s not enjoyable for me to just sit there and watch.

I always want to play - I’ve never sat around at a club and not been playing when fit.

I want to be on the field as much as I can, and hopefully that’s it for injuries for the rest of the season.

* Craig Morgan was speaking to Paul Kendrick