Malky Mackay looks ahead to clash with joint league leaders.
- Malky Mackay previews Wigan Athletic v Watford.
- “We’re close to turning around our home form.” – Malky Mackay.
- Watch Malky’s preview on YouTube and the full interview on Latics Player.
MALKY ON IMPACT OF WIN AT ROTHERHAM
“Any three points are terrific, but Saturday’s were even more important because it was a six pointer and simply one we had to win.
“Taking 1,200-1,400 of our supporters over there made for a really good atmosphere on the day and it was a terrific day for us to get them the three points.
“It sets us up nicely for a big week ahead with Watford on Tuesday and then a big local derby against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
“They’re both tough games and they’ll both bring very confident teams, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can have a really good atmosphere in our stadium to make the most of winning at Rotherham.”
MALKY ON LATICS’ HOME FORM
“Changing our home form is imperative. It’s something we’re desperately trying to do, which I think can be seen in the amount of effort being put into the performances recently.
“If you look at our recent performances we’ve been very close on a number of occasions at home, but various things in games have been unfortunate and gone against us.
“Our pitch hasn’t helped obviously, but I think overall we’ve got a group here that are certainly close to turning around of home form.”
MALKY ON WATFORD THREAT
“You never fully know how a team is going to play when they come to your home stadium, but invariably they sit in a bit, which is something we’ve had to try and break down.
“Watford are a very attack minded team and they’re at the top of the league for that very reason. They’re also in a situation whereby they need every single point they can get because of how close the top of the league is right now.”
MALKY ON TEAM NEWS AND JEROME SINCLAIR
“We’ve lost James McClean to a two game suspension which is unfortunate, but Leon Clarke should come back into the squad, which makes a big difference.
“Jerome’s done well for the Under 21s at Liverpool, he’s scored a good number of goals for them and he’s in here for some experience.
“For us, we get another young, hungry, dynamic player who will have a big chance of being straight into the 18.
“It’s obviously a good thing for Jerome’s career to start getting first team experience at Championship level, and it’s good for us to keep building our relationship with a club like Liverpool because I want to make sure that we’re seen as a trusted place for top Premier League clubs to liaise with.”
MALKY ON HIS TIME AT WATFORD AND BEN WATSON’S RETURN TO THE DW
“Watford is a very good club and I’ve got some strong friendships down there. I was privileged enough to be a player there when we were promoted at the Millennium Stadium in front of 90,000 fans, that’s something I’ll never forget.
“My son was born in the hospital next door when I was at the club, it was my first foray into coaching at Watford and I had the privilege of being asked to be manager as well. I’ve got great memories of Vicarage Road.”
On Watson returning to face Latics, Mackay continued:
“Ben’s a legend as far as our football club is concerned. What he achieved here will never be forgotten and I’m pretty sure our fans will give him a great welcome.
“I didn’t know him for a long time, but what I got from his was a very professional and respectful footballer.”