Scott Carson heaped the praise on his teammates and also his manager, Uwe Rosler, as Latics secured their place in the FA Cup with Budweiser semi-final with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Goals either side of half time from Jordi Gomez and James Perch secured the win for Rosler’s Latics with Samir Nasri beating Carson with a low strike 20 minutes from time proving the only scare on a memorable afternoon in Manchester.
And Carson, who hadn’t featured for Latics since mid-December before the win at the Etihad, says the manager was full of confidence ahead of the game – a feeling that infectiously spread amongst the players.
“To be fair to the lads - and also the gaffer, who deserves a lot of credit because he set us up to play that way and it’s come off, I thought we were brave,” the 28-year-old said.
“We played a little bit whereas other teams may just have come here, played behind the ball and kicked it long – I think that’s what won us the game.
“It’s not an easy place to go and not many people do win there but, to be fair to the gaffer, he was full of confidence in the meeting before the game, he was confident that we could get something and he was right.”
The former Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion keeper says his time at the DW Stadium has arguably been the toughest of his career to date with the England international’s latest injury forcing him out for nearly three months.
He was thankful to his manager for having the faith in him as Latics continued their fine run in the FA Cup.
“It’s probably been the most frustrating time of my career,” Carson added.
“I’ve been unlucky with injuries and I haven’t played since a couple of days before Christmas so when the gaffer asked me to come into the team I was delighted because I’ve put a lot of hard work in on the training ground.
“Fortunately the gaffer had the faith in me to throw me back in for such a big game and obviously now it’s up to me to get better.
“It was good to get through the game and, though it looked like they might get another in the last couple of minutes, fair play to the lads because we limited them to very few chances.”
Carson and his team mates now turn their attention to another big game in the push for a playoff place in the Sky Bet Championship as Sheffield Wednesday visit the DW Stadium on Wednesday night.
And Carson says Rosler made it clear before the team left Wigan for the match at the Etihad Stadium that the clash with the Owls was a much bigger priority.
“The gaffer said before and after the game that Wednesday is the biggest game this week because the objective for us is to get into the playoffs - if not the top two,” he continued.
“That’s our aim and we need to make sure we keep picking up points in the Championship.”