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JAASKELAINEN: McDONALD WILL MAKE BLACKPOOL HARD TO BEAT IN LEAGUE FIXTURE

11 December 2015

Goalkeeper talks to official matchday programme for Saturday’s clash with Blackpool.

  • 40-year-old discusses his multiple connections at Blackpool, his time at Latics and his future in this weekend’s programme.
  • Donervon Daniels picks his ‘One to Eleven’ whilst Jack Hendry takes part in ‘The Name Game’.
  • Historical reflections come from Paul Rowley and Jeff Rourke whilst Gary Caldwell, Jonathan Jackson and Craig Morgan all give their regular updates.
Wigan Athletic’s highly experienced goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is the feature interview in this weekend’s programme with Blackpool as the 40-year-old reflects on his early Latics career and his connections at Blackpool from his time at Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United  whilst he also praises his new manager Gary Caldwell, who is seven years his junior.

Talking about Blackpool boss Neil McDonald, who the former Finland international worked with at Bolton and West Ham alongside Sam Allardyce, Jaaskelainen said:

“I spent time with Neil at Bolton and West Ham, he is a nice guy and a good coach. He is like Big Sam; he will expect his players to work hard for the team, want his team to be solid and hard to beat and will value set-pieces.”

Former Trotters keeper Steve Banks is goalkeeping coach at Bloomfield Road and Jaaskelainen is looking forward to catching up with him whilst also linking up with former Bolton teammate David Norris and, at the other end of his career, Elliot Lee, who came through the ranks at Upton Park and is currently on loan at Blackpool.

“I know David Norris from my time at Bolton,” he added. “Steve Banks was with me at Bolton as a player too and young Elliot Lee who has just signed on loan at Blackpool from West Ham.

“Elliot is a good goal-scorer; I worked a lot with him in training and I know his finishing skills, he is not the biggest but he is quick, has sharp movement and it will be interesting to see how he plays in a League  One game.”

“I enjoy seeing former colleagues; it makes your preparations a little easier because I know Elliot very well, for example, from training with him at West Ham recently.”

Other inclusions in this week’s official matchday programme see Donervon Daniels pick his One to Eleven, Jack Hendry completes ‘The Name Game’ and captain Craig Morgan gives his regular view from the dressing room in his ‘Captain Morgan’ column.

Manager Gary Caldwell and director and chief executive Jonathan Jackson contribute their regular columns whilst Paul Rowley looks back at our history with Blackpool, with Jeff Rourke providing his superb ‘On this Day’ section which looks back at fixtures we’ve previously played on this day.

All of this and more is available for just £3 from one of our sellers outside the DW Stadium on matchday. You can also purchase a copy of the official matchday programme online, click here to buy in digital format or to have a copy posted to you from OPublishing.

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