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WE NEED TO PERFORM BETTER SAYS PERCH

James Perch celebrates with Grant Holt as striker puts Latics ahead against Middlesbrough.

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09:00 27th August 2013

by Nick Taylor

Defender expresses desire to improve Championship form.

Speaking after Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium, James Perch said the team aren’t happy with battling back for points and need to get on top of games earlier on.

“We weren’t happy with having to chase the game.

“We don’t want to be clawing points back and we’re looking at the last two games as four points lost.

“It’s up to us to make sure we start games strongly and keep up the level of performance to make sure we start getting some serious points.”

Grant Holt gave Latics the lead in the first half from the penalty spot, but two other penalty claims went begging, something which Perch added cannot be used as an excuse.

“There were a few things that went against us against Middlesbrough and I thought we should have had more than just the one penalty.

“The main thing though whether the decision was right or wrong by the referee is that we carry on playing and try to win the game, so we won’t be using any decisions as an excuse.”

Perch continued:

“Middlesbrough made it tough for us by pressing us at the back but I thought we dealt with the threat of their striker quite well.

“We’re disappointed to concede the goals we did and that has to improve, especially with some very tough fixtures ahead of us.”

Latics next game is against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 31 August, a side in fine form and sitting at the top of the division and one that Perch himself knows well, having joined Newcastle United from Forest in 2010.

“We need to make sure we improve for the game against Forest.

“I know how Billy Davies works and he’s very thorough with his team so we’ll be up against an organised and solid side."

Perch added:

“We need to start putting in performances like the one against Barnsley in the first game of the season.

“We had some very good pre-season games and we looked strong which is something we need to re-create competitively and make sure we pick up a lot more points.”

Ticket details for the game against Forest on Saturday are available by [clicking here].

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