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PERCH - READING WILL HAVE LEARNT LESSONS

8 August 2014

Defender, speaking at kit release, says the Royals will be better for last season's double defeat to Latics.

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Latics defender James Perch says he expects Nigel Adkins’ Reading to travel to the DW Stadium with a fresh game-plan after Uwe Rosler’s side twice downed the Royals in the 2013-14 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

The 28-year-old featured in both games last season and he says he expects Saturday’s visitors to have learnt from those experiences, though Latics should still be confident they have enough to make it five on the bounce against the Royals.

“The past doesn’t really mean anything in football but we did take six points off them last year,” the former Newcastle United man said.

“They will have learned their lesson from last year’s results, though, and they’ll come with a different game-plan, I’m sure.

“We’ll have more than enough hopefully to get the three points.

Perch himself was a new addition ahead of the 2013-14 season and he says the six new additions this summer have settled in well, with the morale in the dressing room high.

“I think everyone is excited, not just the players, but the fans as well now,” he added. “It’s been three months without football and we can’t wait to get back going and get into the swing of things.

“It’s going to be a tough season as it always is in the Championship but there’s nothing more exciting than testing yourself and trying to get promoted like we all want.

“We’ve only had a few new lads but they’ve been away with us to Germany and I think it’s important to go away and get the team spirit and the banter throwing around the dressing room; they’ve settled in well and their initiation songs went down quite well!”

And Perch, who says Latics will be better for a full pre-season under Uwe Rosler, is keen to get off to a flyer against multiple former Forest team-mates on Saturday as Chris Gunter and Simon Cox travel up with the Royals whilst Garath McCleary, who had back surgery in the summer, will watch on from the stands.

“I’ve kept tabs on Garath but he’ll miss the game after he had an operation in the summer,” Perch explained.

“There’s Chris Gunter as well who I played with at Forest and maybe one or two lads from there that they may sign in time for the game if reports are to be believed.

“We were confident last season but obviously things didn’t quite work out, we soon picked up when the gaffer came in last year, though, and I think everyone is excited to work with the new gaffer from the start of the season instead of halfway through.”


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