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Match Previews


2 December 2016

Boss assesses the challenge that the Rams will pose and gives a team news update ahead of Saturday’s game.

  • Warren Joyce previews Wigan Athletic v Derby County.
  • Boss admits he will use Jake Buxton and Stephen Warnock’s knowledge of the Rams.
  • “We have to find consistency in the things that we do,” Joyce.
Latics PlayerHD spoke to Warren Joyce ahead of Derby County’s visit to the DW Stadium this weekend.

Watch the video above, and read the full transcript below:

Warren Joyce on mood in the camp…

“Of course the win helps, but the mood has been pretty good generally; like I have said since I have been here, I have not been displeased with the way the lads have trained every day. They’ve tried to be the best they can be every day and that’s all you can ask for as a manager.”

On Derby County…

“I know they’re a good footballing side, I know they’re one of the big hitters in the league and the expectations, certainly at the start of the season, were to get automatic promotion.

“They’ve already lost a manager because they weren’t deemed to be in a position where they were going to get promotion. They’re an ambitious club, with big-hitter players, and it’s another tough game for us.

“All the time teams will have their philosophy on how they want to play and the opposition may have been really cautions and concentrated on trying to stop them play so you can’t just say it’s down to the manager [that Derby have started to score goals] because players will always be out there trying to create things, trying to cause problems with their technical ability.

“Sometimes it’s just down to how the opposition set up to try and stop you playing that doesn’t enable you to do things that you want to do.”

On returning to the DW Stadium…

“I think we have got to have some consistency in the things that we do; we’re obviously not in a good position and we have got to work so that everybody knows their jobs both with and without the ball.

“We have to look at our strengths and weaknesses and look at how our philosophy should be based on the players that we have got really. I think that’s maybe a little bit different from where I have come from because you’re looking to do different things when you look at the strengths and weaknesses of the whole squad and setting out a plan of how I think we should play based on those strengths whilst trying not to expose the weaknesses.”

On using Stephen Warnock and Jake Buxton’s knowledge of the Rams…

“It’s common sense to talk to two good pros like those two players; you talk to them about individual players at that club and they give you invaluable feedback.

“It is a normal thing that you would do with players like that, who you know are good pros and intelligent blokes.”

On busy Christmas period… 

“There’s no point looking at the games ahead and planning because the squad here isn’t that big to afford you the chance to plan, rotate and say I’ll play him in two or three games’ time.

“We have got to take each game as it comes; each game is a different hurdle, we have probably lost some players again for this weekend and each little step way of the way a curve ball is thrown from the game that means we’ll be unlikely to be able to field the same team from Huddersfield, which in itself causes problems.”

On returning Craig Morgan and fellow centre back Dan Burn…

“I thought the players defended the box tremendously well against Barnsley because they were direct, they played early forward balls and had a lot of front-runners, but we dealt with that in the way.

“Each team gives a different set of problems but Craig will certainly come into the reckoning for the weekend, as will Dan Burn because I was pleased with him when he came on and how he picked up the pace of the game the other night.”

On Nathan Byrne, who started his first game under Joyce on Monday night…

“I think Nathan has a lot of talent; he drives up the pitch with the ball, he’s a good dribbler, a good runner and a good lad.

“I have talked to him about his level of fitness because I think they were miles away when I first came in but he has worked hard over the last couple of weeks to get that level up.

“He was probably blowing a bit the other night but there are one or two who haven’t played many games this season so to try and raise the whole squad’s fitness levels, so that they’re usable and at the best level the can be, has been a priority.”

On home support…

“We have got some big games coming up and you want to give the fans something to cheer about and you want to have a brand of football that excites them and gets them off their seats and shouting.

“We have to be mindful of the situation we are in, though, and we have to be hard to beat as well. There are two sides to it, there are some big teams in this league and we have to be competitive in games right to the last minute to be in with a chance of winning the game.

“That’s how we have set about doing things, you can’t afford to be out of the game like we were after three minutes against Reading when the game was over.”

On this weekend’s Kick It Out match…

“Everyone in football is behind the initiative and we are no different than anybody else in that respect.

“We respect the PFA and all of the work they do as well behind the scenes to make sure that it is right.”

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