Leon Barnett talks about squad rotation, the win against Ipswich and how he’s settled in to life at Wigan Athletic.
In his first interview with wiganathletic.com, Leon Barnett’s mood was buoyant following the 2-0 Championship victory against Ipswich Town.
Following the game he shared this view:
“Overall the team is very happy at the moment, the boys grabbed their goals well and we defenders helped keep a clean sheet, performances like that which will help make the DW Stadium a fortress.”
Barnett impressed in central defence with Thomas Rogne on Sunday, showing his aerial ability in regular battles with the Tractor Boys’ Daryl Murphy, and the former Norwich City man said it’s just something he does:
“I try to do my best every game and one of my attributes is to try and win the ball.
“Heading is a good ability that I’ve got and I needed to show that against Ipswich as did all the other boys at the back because they put us to the test.”
Keeping a second clean sheet in a row, Barnett looked towards tonight’s game against Manchester City saying:
“As a defender you aim to keep clean sheets and we’ve got the job done in the last two games.
“Scott made some great saves on Sunday and when you’ve got someone like that behind you, organising you and using his experience it’s a great thing to have.
“It will be a massive thing for us to keep clean sheets this season because they’ll help us to win games, we’ll need to be strong at the back none more so than against Man City in the Capital One Cup.”
With tomorrow’s match a third game in the space of six days, the 27-year-old added that he expects Latics to naturally have to rotate:
“The gaffer’s naturally going to make changes to the team and that’s understandable because there are a lot of games to play this season.
“It’s a minimum of 55 games so I don’t think anybody could play every single game.
“As footballers we all want to play in every game, but the gaffer is just thinking of getting us through the season with the right strategy and it’s not physically possible to play in every game.
“Every player is playing their part this season and hopefully it means everyone gets a chance to get some game time.”
On a final note, Barnett expressed his gratitude to both his fellow players and the supporters for the warm welcome they’ve given him to the football club since signing at the beginning of August.
“I’m doing alright at the moment; I’m getting settled into the daily routine.
“I’m still staying in a hotel at the moment which I’ll be moving out of this weekend so that will make me feel much more at home.
“The fans have been good to me and the boys in the team have been good to me so I’m very happy.
“I like to do my best and show my passion on the pitch, it’s up to the fans to have their opinion of me and hopefully so far I’ve made a good impression.”
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