The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Liam Miller

GARY Roberts may have been a shock in­clu­sion in Wi­gan Ath­letic’s team to face West Brom last week­end.

But by full time, with a 1-0 win in the bag and Roberts star­ring with a tire­less per­for­mance, his se­lec­tion was fully jus­ti­fied.

Roberts was de­lighted to get back in the team.

“It was nice to fi­nally get in­volved last week­end when I came into the team for our game against West Brom,” he said.

“We have a strong squad here so to break in and get some min­utes was nice.

“It was a great feel­ing just to get on the pitch re­ally, I was ex­cited to get in and be a part of it.

“It’s been a long time since I started a Cham­pi­onship game, I was look­ing for­ward to play­ing and the re­sult matched it.

“The way we wanted to play, we had to re­spect West Brom be­cause they have so many threats in the team.

“It was some­thing the gaffer came up with Mon­day and Tues­day, we then worked on it all week and when you see some­thing work out like that when you’ve worked so hard on it, it was nice and good to get the win.”

And while some might be con­tent with the Latics sim­ply stay­ing in the Cham­pi­onship this term, Roberts in­sists the only aim in the camp is for them to fin­ish as high as pos­si­ble.

“We want to be at the top end – your as­pi­ra­tions are not just to knock about leagues,” he said.

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