Goalkeeper looks ahead to City Ground clash after spending Thursday afternoon at the Abraham Guest Academy as part of the Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Soccer School.
- Adam Bogdan at Abraham Guest Academy on Thursday.
- Goalkeeper previews clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
- Liverpool loanee says Jordi Gomez is a player with great technique.
Bogdan and Jaaskelainen gave tips to fellow goalkeepers and took part in a drill in which the young players had to see if they could beat them from close range with a first time shot.
Reflecting on the event with LaticsPlayer HD, Bogdan said:
“It was really good; once you’re here and you’re playing, you really enjoy it and go back to being a ten-year-old yourself, I was diving around and had a really good time.
“Some of the kids scored some really good goals but of course the most important thing is that they enjoy it.”
Final preparations for Latics’ next Sky Bet Championship game at Nottingham Forest will take place tomorrow at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton and Bogdan looked ahead to the clash at the City Ground with excitement as Gary Caldwell’s side face their fifth game in two weeks in all competitions.
“The Championship is like that; you have 24 teams, international breaks and so you have to squeeze more games in than even the Premier League,” Bogdan explained.
“That’s the beauty of it as well; it’s a very demanding league, anything can happen – you can see that by the results – but our job is to get stability, try to win games or at least get something from them.
“The City Ground is great, there is a lot of history surrounding the place and the expectation of the home supporters every season is something you sense when you play against them.
“We have to concentrate on our game; in the last two games we have shown that we have a very good way of playing and keeping the ball – we had nearly 70% of the possession on Tuesday night.
“Of course it will be harder away from home, especially with the pressure of the home support, however we have to stick to our game and if we do it well, I think we can hurt teams.”
Caldwell’s squad was bolstered this week by the return of Jordi Gomez to the club from Sunderland.
And Bogdan, who says he will wait a while before bringing up the spot-kick he saved from the Spaniard at the Macron Stadium two years ago, believes the 31-year-old will prove a great addition.
“I only trained with Jordi today, but I know him from previous games I have played against him and I know he’s a tidy player,” he added. “He has great technique and he knows the club too so hopefully it works really well, I can’t see why it won’t.”