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AL HABSI WANTS RUN TO CONTINUE

21-12-11 WAFC 0 LFC 0 - Ali Al Habsi saves a Charlie Adam penalty in this fixture last season

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20:40 1st March 2013

by Nick Taylor

Omani stopper determined to help keep up home unbeaten run against Liverpool.

It was September 2007 the last time Liverpool came to Wigan Athletic and took more than a point away with them, when Yossi Benayoun’s goal provided a 1-0 victory.

Since then Latics have remained solid drawing three times and also beating the Reds for the first time in March 2010 when Hugo Rodallega scored in a 1-0 win.

Ali Al Habsi played a major part in making sure the unbeaten run continued last season, when he saved a penalty from Charlie Adam in a 0-0 draw.

The Omani goalkeeper hopes his side can make it five in a row without defeat at the DW Stadium.

Al Habsi said:

“In the last four seasons we have been unbeaten at home against Liverpool so the fact that we are at home again makes it a game that we must do well in.

“It would be nice to continue that run but the most important thing is to get some more points.”

On last season’s penalty save Al Habsi said:

“Every save I make is really important for me and for the team but when I make a save like the one from the penalty last season it is an even bigger and better feeling, especially when it leads to a clean sheet and a very hard earned point.

“Throughout that game last season I had to make some important saves and the penalty save was obviously the one that stands out.”

The 31-year-old said he’s looking forward to the game but knows it is going to be a stern challenge against a Liverpool side that has scored 10 in its last three Premier League games.

“When you look at Liverpool with the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge you expect a goal scoring threat.

“They have been performing well recently as a team and scoring a lot of goals but so have we and we’ve only conceded one goal in the last two games, so it is going to be a very interesting match.”

As well as praising his team mates, Al Habsi also took time to praise and encourage the supporters that will be welcoming the players into the stadium at the Meet and Greet by saying:

“I’ve heard the fans are going to be greeting us into the ground again for the game which really makes a difference.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing them before the match because they’ve been great all season and they give us that power to perform.

“Everybody is focussed for the game and we have to believe in ourselves throughout the football club.”

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