Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Vicarage Road and looking ahead towards Thursday’s game in the Europa League against NK Maribor, defender Ryan Shotton said heads are raised firmly high as he believes consistent results are on their way.
“We weren’t happy at all after the game and we should have got three points,” said Shotton about the Watford result.
“We did everything we could at the weekend, we even got an early goal, but saw that chalked off.
“Defensively we performed as a group, we were tight at the back and played some really good football.
“We played 25-30 passes before James (McClean) puts the cross in for the goal which shows that we’re making massive progress.”
Looking forward towards Thursday’s game in the Europa League, Shotton said that the performance against Watford can be used as a firm stepping stone.
“If we play like we did on Saturday in the next two games then we won’t have a problem in getting the results we want.
“Now that we’ve found this level of performance we need to stay consistent, make sure we push on up the league table and get the right results in Europe.”
With a message for the fans Shotton added:
“The supporters shouldn’t be too disheartened by what happened against Watford because we were really unlucky.
“We gave it our all and I thought we looked like a very good side so if we carry on like we are doing in terms of performance then we’re going to have some good times ahead.”
Looking back at Latics’ performance at the weekend, Shotton praised the team’s versatility, believing this to be a major threat down the line.
“All in all the game will help us to improve and we’ll keep pushing on.
“We’ve shown versatile ways of playing in the last few games and in the Watford match we played a lot of good football, but we added aerial threat to that with throw ins and crosses.
“Throughout the team we’ve got players who can play all sorts of positions during a game which gives the gaffer excellent options.”
Shotton has been with the club for a month now, having joined on loan from Stoke City on transfer deadline day, but he says he’s had no problems in settling in and that his fitness is improving.
“I’m getting fitter, the last 15 minutes on Saturday probably wouldn’t have told that, but I’ve had three and a half games now so come Sunday I think I’ll be more than ready to keep going for 90 minutes.
“I’m enjoying getting forward and creating chances and obviously I scored against Ipswich.
“Settling in has been great and the lads have been fantastic.”