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MALKY MACKAY PREVIEWS NORWICH CITY CLASH

3 March 2015

Malky looks ahead to clash with in-form Norwich.

  • Malky Mackay previews Championship clash with former club Norwich.
  • Knocks and bruises but no fresh injury concerns for squad.
  • “There’s always a time for a team to stop winning games.” – Malky on Norwich run.
Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay is gearing his squad up for a trip to his former club Norwich City and the Sky Bet Championship’s form team this Wednesday 4 March at Carrow Road.

The 43-year-old held his pre-match press call on Tuesday morning at Christopher Park, and below at the key talking points.

MALKY ON NORWICH CITY



“You’ve got to play everybody and there’s always a time for a team to stop winning games,” said Mackay on Norwich's recent run of victories.

“Norwich are very strong, they’ve got a very experienced squad which is full of quality and the club as a whole is doing well at the moment, but we’re going there in a bullish mood after our win against Blackpool.

“It’s another tough one and they’re on a very good run.  I watched their local derby against Ipswich Town at the weekend and they won convincingly, so we know what we’re up against.”

MALKY ON ALEX NEIL



“Alex has done a really good job at Carrow Road so far.  He did an excellent job at Hamilton and his transition into Norwich has been seamless.

“He spent four years playing in England with Barnsley and he certainly knows the game well, so it wasn’t a case of somebody being plucked out of the air to come in.

“He already proved himself at Hamilton and now he’s been given a chance with a very big club to make his mark on the Championship.”

MALKY ON BLACKPOOL ATMOSPHERE



“It was terrific to see 2,000 of our fans singing constantly for 90 minutes on Saturday, they really helped us on the day and it was great for them to be rewarded with three goals and three points.

“I’m delighted for them, our away supporters especially because they travel the length and breadth of the country, they get home at all hours and they pay good money on tickets, petrol, food and drink.  They do all that to go and watch their team, so any time that we can bring results on the road is great.

“I know that those who travel to Norfolk will be there in good voice and the lads are desperate to give them a positive result to take with them on the long and winding road home.”

MALKY ON SQUAD FOLLOWING VICTORY

“On Saturday it was a very soft, sandy pitch and two of their players ended up leaving the ground on crutches, but we got through it fine.  There were a couple of knocks and bruises, but we have no fresh concerns heading to Norwich.



“The players have come out of the game okay.  With the schedule as it is at the moment we have to work very hard to keep everyone in the right shape, and Nick Worth our Head of Medical and James Barrow our Sports Scientist have been key to that.

“They sit down with me and the coaches and we plan for the month ahead, looking at the rest time of the players and how efficiently they can recuperate.

“We then look closer at each player on a weekly and daily basis to implement how we train them, rest them and recover them between games.”

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