On loan defender Liam Ridgewell reflects on his time at Latics ahead of his final appearance at the DW Stadium before return to Portland Timbers.
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Defender Liam Ridgewell has made a sterling contribution in recent weeks after joining Latics on loan from MLS side Portland Timbers at the beginning of the transfer window and he tells this week’s official matchday programme that he’ll be sad to leave Latics in mid-February.
The 30-year-old has impressed in his last couple of games with a clean sheet at Ipswich Town coming after solid defensive performances against Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town, both of which could have returned clean sheets.
And he says he’s felt a marked improvement in both performance and fitness after making his debut against his former club Birmingham City.
“It’s been fantastic to be here,” he said. “I’ve come in whilst it’s been pre-season in the MLS and all the lads have been great, everyone here has made me feel really welcome.
“I’ll be really sad to leave in a couple of weeks but obviously I’m contracted to the Timbers and I’m looking forward to going back there.
“I’ve definitely felt my fitness improving; I’ve been feeling a lot better in the games and progressing in 90 minutes and feeling a lot stronger.
“I think we’ve definitely felt more solid in defence over the last few games and we’ve looked a lot better. We’ve managed to get a couple of solid results and, had it not been for the fluke goal against Huddersfield, we might have had another clean sheet in that one.”
Reflecting on the performance down at Portman Road last time out, Ridgewell feels the 0-0 draw with the high-flying Tractor Boys can bring confidence to the group.
“It was a good performance,” he added. “The team performed tremendously well and if you look at it, they’re doing really well and we’ve struggled so it turns into a really good point, hopefully come the end of the season it will be a massive point.
“I think going down there and getting the result has given us a lot of confidence; it’s not like we went down there not believing, we felt we could go there and get a result, as we do in every game, and but for a couple of missed chances we could have won the game.
“Every game is difficult in this league and everyone is there or thereabouts; you’ve seen us match up with Ipswich at the weekend and the lads have also won at Derby so again Bournemouth will be good test but we’re in high spirits and full of confidence from our last couple of performances.”
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