In his post-match e-mail from Wigan Athletic, Martin O’Neill once again praises the red and white faithful who risked becoming snowbound on the journey over the Pennines to provide the players with the vocal encouragement to help them deal with an early setback. Things got a little more hairy as the final whistle approached but overall the manager was pleased with the performance.
It was a really big win for us.
After going a goal behind early on, it was almost as if there was a hangover from Tuesday night, but having said that we responded brilliantly.
We got the penalty, but before that there was decent play from us.
Alfred N’Diaye had a shot go over the bar and the equaliser looked like it might come.
When we got it, we played some brilliant football and put ourselves 3-1 in front.
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I would have preferred to come out in the second half and make the game a little more comfortable but that wasn’t the case.
We had problems with Wigan last year and they set up to cause us the same problems. However, we got to grips with it a lot more quickly this year and the goals that we scored were splendid.
Wigan were dangerous on the break. [Simon] Mignolet made some great saves when they kept pressing and we were on the back foot.
They showed great heart and determination to get the goal back but fortunately we saw it through.
The support for the football club is fantastic. The fans came down in their droves to watch us in freezing conditions and they were magnificent.
They took the whole end behind the goal and supported the team right through – it was unbelievably encouraging.
All the best,