With Wanderers having picked up four points from two local derby clashes at the Reebok Stadium last week, Tim Ream has every confidence that the team’s resolute approach to games will stand them in good stead as the season heads towards its conclusion.
After securing victory over Blackpool on Tuesday evening, the Whites then proceeded to come narrowly close to avenging December’s defeat against Wigan Athletic at the weekend, with Nick Powell’s late strike cancelling out Lukas Jutkiewicz’s opener.
A game which ended in dramatic fashion as Adam Bogdan denied the Latics an unlikely victory from the penalty spot, Ream explained that although he and his teammates were disheartened to have not held onto all three points against Uwe Rosler’s men, their performance is one which offers many positives as Wanderers head into the final seven games of the campaign.
“It’s definitely disappointing that we couldn’t hold on - we did some really good things for 87 minutes, but there was a little breakdown and they’ve put the ball in the back of the net.
“We were disappointed, but at the same time we went toe to toe with Wigan and could have killed the game off a little bit sooner but that’s the way the game goes.
“Ali Al-Habsi made some great saves – you had Jay Spearing with his pile driver which he managed to get his fingertips on and I hit a decent side volley that he got a good parry on, but that’s what good players do – they step up to the plate and he definitely did that for Wigan.”
He continued: “It was definitely pleasing to keep them on the outside for most of the game but they’re always going to get some chances here and there – it’s just a case of limiting their most dangerous opportunities and for the most part we did that.
“We’re fairly pleased with our performance other than the goal that they scored, but we’ve definitely got to take the positives from the game.”
With trips to Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers next up for Dougie Freedman’s men, the central defender firmly believes that Wanderers are more than capable of taking inspiration from their recent displays to leave both Yorkshire outfits with maximum points.
“We’ve just got to keep on playing well and keep working hard and if we can go on the road and pick up three points that will be great.
“It’s just a matter of maintaining the form that we’re in, scoring a few more goals and getting a few more wins during the remainder of the season.”
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