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GOLOBART PROUD TO PLAY IN FIRST TEAM

Roman in action against Huddersfield's Alan Lee

PUBLISHED

12:38 19th February 2013

by Nick Taylor

Strapping Spanish centre back expresses pride in playing for the first team.

Roman Golobart has started five of Wigan Athletic’s previous nine games, with four starts in the FA Cup and his Barclays Premier League debut against Stoke City.

The 20-year-old has stood up to the test of a range of opponents in recent weeks and expressed his eagerness to continue his role in the first team.

On the chances given to him he said:

“I came to England to play in the Premier League and I have a lot of respect and passion for Wigan Athletic so I am happy to be learning and picking up first team experiences at the moment.

“It would be perfect if I could play this Saturday but I have to work very hard and hope the gaffer chooses me.

“If it has to be next season that I get more games, then I am fine with that because of my feeling towards the club.

“I am really proud to have been given the chances I’ve been given and I think I’ve done well when I’ve played.”

Golobart’s development in the first team has been helped by the experienced centre backs that he’s played alongside, something which he describes as a ‘pleasure’.

“It was a pleasure to play alongside Paul Scharner on Sunday because of what he means to the club and it gave me a lot of confidence to play in defence with him.

“I’ve played with Gary (Caldwell), Maynor (Figueroa), Adrian (Lopez) and most recently Paul (Scharner) and I’ve felt really comfortable with all four of them.”

As well as help from his team mates Golobart said that the supporters have played a big role in making him feel part of the club.

“The fans have been amazing,” said Golobart.

“What I like about them is that they love to support the team and they are not just people who come to a game as though they are going to watch a movie or going to the theatre, they want to be part of the game and that has been very clear recently.

“We want them to know how important it is for us to feel the support that they give us and hopefully with performances like the one against Huddersfield then we will give them a good reason to be proud when they watch us at the DW Stadium.”

On the fans’ influence on the pitch Golobart said:

“When you’re defending a goal and you feel them behind you it is a great feeling and it can be the difference between conceding and keeping the ball out.

“Hearing the fans behind you gives you a sense of responsibility which gives us a good attitude on the pitch.”

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