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Paul Stalteri believes our defensive proficiency bodes well for rest of the season.

Paul Stalteri believes our defensive proficiency bodes well for rest of the season.

Wigan were restricted to shots at goal from distance and kept at bay in Saturday's top six clash until three minutes from time when Lee McCulloch tapped home from close range. That was too little, too late for the home side as we ran out 2-1 winners at the JJB.

We’ve only conceded six goals in our seven away games - losing only once on our travels - and let in 10 goals in total in a fine start to the Premiership campaign.

“Tactically we played very well against Wigan,†said Paul, ever-present in his first season in England. “They didn’t create many chances and scored a goal out of nothing in the last minute.

“Defensively we’re very well organised, we don’t give away that many goals and not only that, we don’t allow that many chances.

If you watch our games, the opposition do not create much and that is good news for us because every successful team builds from the back

Paul and the rest of the defence naturally take pride in keeping clean sheets and therefore Wigan’s late goal took a fraction of the shine off the win.

“Of course we were happy with the three points but we would have been even happier with a clean sheet,†smiled the Canadian international full-back. “Other than that, it was another good 90 minutes away from home.â€Â

After eight years at Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga, Paul has settled well into his new surroundings - the transition on and off the pitch appearing seamless.

He added: “I’ve been fortunate because I didn’t need much time to settle. That speaks a lot for the team, the players and the atmosphere here. They’ve always accepted new players when they’ve come in and that always helps.

“I’m enjoying it, the games have been great, back and forth, the crowd has been fantastic and the team is gelling more game by game. We’re getting closer and closer as a unit and hopefully we can build on our momentum against Sunderland.â€Â