Defender enjoying Latics’ ‘buzz’ as the team prepare to return to the DW.
- Reece James looks ahead to Swindon clash.
- Latics delighted with recent away performances and points haul says defender.
- Competition for places healthy and spurring squad on.
Latics’ last outing at the DW Stadium came two weeks ago, with Gary Caldwell’s side putting five past Colchester United in a dominant display, something which defender Reece James believes finally showed what the team are capable of.
Speaking at the Premier League 4 Sport Table Tennis tournament held at the DW yesterday, James began:
Reece James taking part in a Premier League 4 Sport Table Tennis session.
“There’s a buzz about the place now, you feel that from the fans and I’m sure they’re enjoying the football that we’re playing.
“All of the lads have really bought into what the manager is trying to get across and it’s paid off for us.
“We were a bit disappointed not to get the three points from Bradford on the weekend because nine points would have been great, but still, seven points from those three games is a very good return for us.
“It shows how far the team has come already to be honest. We started the season quite slowly, but that was bound to happen with the amount of new players we’ve brought in over the summer.
“You can see that things are starting to click, it was pretty evident against Colchester and then we took it into a difficult game against Peterborough.
“They had a really tough side out and battled back well to make it 2-2 , but we showed in the space of about 30 seconds that we’ll never give up, going straight back at them to get the winner through Max (Power).
James celebrating with Will Grigg at Peterborough United.
“It shows the character we’ve got as a squad, especially on the road, as has happened a lot so far this season.
“At Chesterfield and Bury, and even to an extent at Port Vale, we showed how much we’re willing to battle back if things don’t go our way, so to go ahead 2-0 at Peterborough and lose the lead was a different type of test, one which I thing we passed pretty well.”
On returning back home and on hoping to extend the club’s unbeaten start in the league at the DW, James continued:
“It’s going to be good to be back at the DW because we’ve performed really well so far this season in front of our home crowd.
“Swindon are a good team which the league table doesn’t really show, they’ve still got a lot of good players despite losing a lot during the summer.
“They did really well last season but lost in the play-off final against Preston North End, and maybe that’s had an impact on them.
“As long as we stick together and carry on doing the things the gaffer has been telling us to do recently, we’re confident we’ll get the result we want and the result that the supporters want too.”
Having joined Latics in the summer from Manchester United, James said he’s settled in well at the club, and despite a large squad, he believes the competition for first team places has benefited everyone.
“I feel like I’ve settled in really well with the group of lads, it was tough at the start because I didn’t really know anyone, other than Morgs (Craig Morgan) who I was with on loan at Rotherham.
“I’m enjoying my football and I’m really glad to be here and part of this club. It’s the best squad I’ve been involved in, as a group we all get on really well, so it makes for a great environment to play football in.
“I want to play in every game that I can and at the moment I’ve been doing that, but at the minute there are people right in there ready to take your place, which shows just how strong the squad is.
“It’s a good thing for everybody because it keeps everyone in the team working hard to make sure they keep their place.
“There are lads coming off the bench and doing really well who are itching to make more starts. We brought Grant (Holt) and Craig (Davies) on in the last two matches, I don’t think you’ll see that kind of quality coming off the bench in many other squads, and it just goes to show how well the gaffer has done in building a squad like ours.”
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