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Kirkland fired up to win back Wigan No.1 jersey

Chris Kirkland insists he is determined to win back his No 1 spot at Wigan from loan signing Ali Al Habsi. The former first choice stopper was replaced by after he shipped 10 goals in just two games against Blackpool and Chelsea.

"It's the first time I've ever been in this situation in all the time I've been playing, but I'm no different to everyone else," Kirkland told the Wigan Observer.

"There are much better players than me who have been left out of the team and have had to work their way back in. I'm no special case or anything like that.

"I've always had to work very hard to stay in the team, and now I'm not I know I'll have to work even harder to get back in there.

"It's hard not playing, of course it is, but I know that I didn't play well enough to deserve to stay in the team.

"And I've always said that it doesn't matter who you are - if you're not playing well enough, there are people here who will come in and take your place.

"I'll be hoping to grab my chance with both hands when it does come although, to be fair, I've not grabbed many balls with both hands this season - which is partly why I'm on the sidelines."

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