Wigan's David Jones happy with life in the first team

The former Wolves midfielder has been used mostly as a substitute this season, but is benefitting from injuries to stake his claim for a place in Roberto Martinez's starting XI
Wigan Athletic midfielder David Jones is keen to take advantage of injuries to Ben Watson and James McArthur by cementing his place in the Latics first-team.

The former Wolves man started his second consecutive game of the season in central midfield against Manchester City on Wednesday and believes there is more to come from him after starting the season on the sidelines.

“It has been nice to get consecutive starts in the middle and with more games I think my game can improve more," he told the club's official website.

“I’m enjoying stepping in and hopefully my performances can help me to get even more games."

The 28-year-old was happy with his side's performance against the champions, but believes they could have achieved even more if they were a little bit braver.

“Up until their first goal we looked comfortable and prevented them from having any clear goal scoring opportunities and we did well to limit them," he explained.
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“Off the ball I thought we were superb for most of the game but, we could have done with a little more confidence and belief when we had the ball.

“We expect ourselves to be calm on the ball and it was difficult against such a top quality team but, I think we played the same way as we did against Reading and tried to move the ball quickly but accurately.

“There was a pattern of us hitting them on the counter attack by breaking play up in the middle as they came forward, rather than from the edge of our own area like counter attacks usually happen in football.

“We could have done more to hurt them and reflecting on the flow of the game, we had some good chances to throw players forward.

“We have to keep performing the way we have in the last two games, especially with such a busy period of games over Christmas and we’ve got a very good game to look forward to on Monday against Newcastle United," he concluded."