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ESPINOZA ON FIRST LEAGUE START

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09:00 30th January 2013

by Nick Taylor

Honduran international happy with second half performance against a strong Stoke City.

Roger Espinoza’s first start in the Barclays Premier League couldn’t have come against a more physical side, something he admitted was completely new to him.

The midfielder said:

“It was a tough game and they had some big guys, it’s probably the biggest team I’ve ever seen.

“I’ve never played against guys like that who are all about two metres tall and really strong.

“They’re a good team and what they do works for them in the way that they scored their two goals but it’s just a good thing we bounced back.”

After falling two goals behind, Latics galvanised their game to the delight of Espinoza who praised a domino effect in the team.

“We got ourselves into a hole by going two down but we knew we had to remain calm and by doing that we really started to play.

“First half we weren’t good enough as a team but second half we built up some momentum when we scored and even after the second goal I feel we were on top.

“It was a bit of a domino effect in the team because if I was doing well then someone else would benefit and if someone else was doing well then I would benefit, it was a good team performance.

“In the midfield I thought we really connected well and that’s what made our possession so frequent.”

Latics’ travelling supporters were in fine voice at the Britannia Stadium and the 26-year-old said he had a big message for the fans, adding:

“I came here to work hard and to make the fans happy.

“If I could say two things to them then that would be that I’ll give them my all.

“I’d also say that I’ll never give up no matter if we’re losing or winning and I just hope that they can keep supporting me and more importantly keep supporting the team.”

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