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STRENGTH THROUGH ADVERSITY

PUBLISHED

15:25 5th December 2012

by Nick Taylor

Adrian Lopez believes that despite controversial circumstances surrounding Monday night’s game Latics will remain a strong unit.

Spanish defender Lopez was a substitute at half time for Gary Caldwell against Newcastle United on Monday and says that the mental toughness of the squad can push Latics confidently into the weekend’s game against Queens Park Rangers.

“It was very difficult playing against Newcastle with ten men but, that is behind us now and when a result happens that is out of our hands then what we really want to do is focus on the next game against QPR.

“The whole team has a great relationship, so getting back to our usual positive selves will be easy to do.

“Our strength is that we have a great atmosphere within the team and when you have that and have to face adversity like we have then we can only get stronger.”

Lopez made his first league appearance of the season as a second half substitute against Reading on 24 November, earning him a starting spot against Premier League champions Manchester City last week, it is a run of games that he has relished being a part of.

“I am working to help in being a big part of the team and during every week I always work my hardest to be ready for when the gaffer needs me.

“I try to do my best for the team and for the Club when I play and I feel really sharp when I play because that is what I train for.

“All of the players who haven’t played as much football this season like myself, need to keep working hard as we are because the chances to play are going to be available with so many fixtures coming up.

“There are still a lot of games left and we have to be ready for every single game that is left because if we win at the weekend then we have to keep on building.”

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