Manager Warren Joyce on Aston Villa: “It’s another game and we go there to get a result”
- Latics face Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday 10 December
- Warren Joyce on Steve Bruce: we go back a long way, I have a lot of respect for him
- Joyce on injuries: Burke and Byrne to be assessed in build up to game
WARREN JOYCE SPOKE TO LATICS' OFFICIAL WEBSITE THIS MORNING IN ADVANCE OF THE TRIP DOWN THE M6 TO FACE ASTON VILLA
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE, A GREAT STADIUM TO PLAY IN?
Yes, Villa Park is one of the great stadiums in the country but to be honest we can’t afford to think like that, the stadiums we play in doesn’t really come into anyone’s thinking, it certainly doesn’t phase me and the players will be the same. We have to approach this like any other game, there are three points on offer and we have to be focused on what we do.
You need to get all the things right that you can, so our approach is no different from any other game and then it’s a case of getting everything right on the day.
That’s my job, to go there and try and get a positive result for our club and our fans, where the game is played is of no importance, and we can’t be affected by the glitz and glamour of a big stadium, once you cross the white line, it’s one team against another and that’s the way you have to approach every game.
WE GO THERE ON THE BACK OF DECENT AWAY FORM, WOULD YOU AGREE?
I actually thought last week’s performance at home against Derby in places was the best since I’ve been at the club, certainly with the ball, and I have not been unhappy with the players’ endeavour, I think they’ve giving their maximum and reaching a standard I’ve been pleased with, which is all you all you can ask for them. After that it’s a case of the ball falling in the right way and that little extra bit of belief.
So in terms of home or away, I’m more interested in the consistency of the performances from match to match and once we reach a certain level, whether we can maintain that in the next match.
Yes, we’re playing three really big traditional clubs in a row, Derby, Villa and Newcastle, fantastic clubs, but their footballers are only like any other opposition we face, they have two arms and two legs, and that’s the way we approach the game. Our players will look to win individual battles and look to carry on where they left off against Derby.
Our approach away from home is no different from home ones in that respect, you want to win the game by stopping the opposition and imposing yourselves on them – that’s our only focus.
STEVE BRUCE IS CLEARLY SOMEONE YOU KNOW WELL
Steve and I go back a long way - WARREN JOYCE
Steve and I go way back. I used to play against him when he was at Norwich and Gillingham, but then I also coached his son for Manchester United Under 16s in the 90s and we have kept in touch. He’s actually approached me on a few occasions regarding coming to work with him which is always flattering. He’s had a fantastic career as a player and a manager and he is someone I have a huge amount of respect for. That said, he’s in the opposition dug out tomorrow and I will be doing what I can to get one over on him. That’s football.
VILLA ALSO HAVE A COUPLE OF YOUR FORMER CHARGES ON THEIR BOOKS, AND THEY HAVE A GREAT SQUAD
James Chester deserves all he has achieved - WARREN JOYCE
Yes, I worked with Richie De Laet and James Chester at Manchester United and they are both really driven, serious characters and they deserve the success they’ve had so far in the game. Richie has suffered a bad injury unfortunately, but he’ll be back I’m sure. James is a really good competitor with a great attitude, which is reflected in how his career has gone. Again, that said, it’ll be nice to say hello before the game but once the whistle goes, we will be hoping he gets exposed, like any other opponent.
On paper, they are a fantastic side with a wealth of riches in the squad, they have invested greatly in bringing players to the club but that’s of no consequence to us. As I said before, we focus 100% on what we have to do, with no distractions.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US, INJURY-WISE, FINALLY?
We’ll know a bit later where we stand on Reece Burke and Nathan Byrne, we’ll assess in the build-up to the game, they’ve not done a lot this week in training. Donervon Daniels is still progressing but are still a way away from the first team.
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