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Malky Mackay hails ‘terrific’ Wigan Athletic performance

2 February 2015

Wigan Athletic boss Malky Mackay felt it was impossible to tell which team were fighting relegation and which were challenging for promotion as his side held Ipswich Town to a draw.

Sky Bet Championship strugglers Wigan more than matched their hosts at Portman Road, although the clash was largely forgettable with chances few and far between.

Mackay offered no apologies about the entertainment on offer with his players showing they had the stomach for a relegation scrap as they look to close a seven-point gap to safety.

He said: "I think we were terrific. I have watched Ipswich four times this season as a neutral and I knew they grinded teams down before scoring and winning - that is why they are near the top of the league.

"We had to make sure we matched that and we did. There was very little between the two teams. Anyone watching that game couldn't have said who was near the top and who was near the bottom."

The Wigan boss also revealed he was aiming to bring in reinforcements to aid their survival battle.

In a week where some of the club's big names have left, Mackay added: "We are starting to get a team in my image and the way I want to play.

"Anyone I bring in, whether it is on loan or permanent, has to have hunger and fire in their belly and hopefully we can get at least another two before Monday."

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