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Eastham: We must all stick together

11 December 2017


Eastham: We must all stick together

11 December 2017

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Ashley Eastham has called on everyone to stick together following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Two first half goals from Nick Powell and Dan Burn saw Town defeated in the snow at the DW Stadium, their first defeat in four games in all competitions.

“In times like this we need the fans,” said Eastham.

“At the moment we just can’t get the balance right. I’m confident it’ll come and so is the manager, so we just have to stick together as a team when we go through ups and downs. It shows your character when you can pull out of that.

“We can’t do it on our own. We have to be the one that look at ourselves and do our job, but with their backing we’ll get through this tough patch.”

Both of Wigan’s goals came from set pieces, something Eastham and the defensive unit were not happy with.

“Defending set pieces has been a bit of an issue for us this season, but we need to stand up as men because it’s points we’re playing for. It’s livelihoods and it’s careers, and we need to recognise that.

“To concede the goals in the way we did is disappointing because we have to be better than the opposition in both boxes and we weren’t good enough on our part.”

“We did play some really good football at times and we were more than a match for Wigan at times during the game, but it’s all about turning momentum into goals which inevitably gets you points.

“If you look at the overall running of the game, we played some good stuff.”

A positive from Saturday’s defeat was the EFL debut of Harrison Biggins, who made a second half appearance in the place of Kyle Dempsey, and Eastham was pleased with the impact of the youngster.

“I thought Harrison did really well.

“I was delighted to see him come on. It’s refreshing to see a young lad with his chest out and really give a performance like he did – not shying away and wanting to get on the ball.

“It was one-touch, two-touch football and there was no prouder man on the pitch than me. He’s a really great lad and I’m sure he’ll go from strength to strength."

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