Latics start pleases Bruce

03 January 2008 09:18
Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce believes his players have proved they have enough quality to remain in the Premier League since his arrival. The Latics held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Wednesday to edge further away from the relegation zone. Wigan have now picked up eight points from a possible 21 under Bruce and the former Birmingham City boss has been delighted with their performances since he arrived at the JJB Stadium. He said: "If we keep producing like that, who knows how far we can go. "Since I took over we have played five of the top ten teams and we have amassed a few points to get ourselves out of the relegation zone. "Six weeks ago I thought we were in danger of becoming marooned if we had not started to pick up results, we were just two points ahead of Derby. "But we have now forced ourselves out of the bottom three and we intend to stay out." Bruce also hailed the performance of much-maligned defender Titus Bramble, whose 80th minute equaliser at Anfield earned the Latics a precious point. "Titus has had some unfair treatment over the last few years, people forget that he is still only a young lad and had been playing centre-half for a top side, so he has not been that bad," he added. "He has done well for me, he is a good defender who has had far too much unfair stick over the years. "That's two in two for him and I could not be more pleased with him."

Source: ESA