Midfielder looking to continue progress against memorable opponents.
- Jordan Flores previews Latics’ final friendly at Fleetwood Town.
- Midfielder discusses return to Oldham on Tuesday night.
- Flores scored first ever goal against Friday night’s opponents.
Speaking at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in the build-up to Latics’ visit to Highbury Stadium, Flores began, looking back on his return to Oldham on Tuesday:
“Walking out of the tunnel at Oldham didn’t exactly bring back good memories from walking back down the tunnel last time I was there.
“It’s not a moment I like to remember much, but it was a big moment and one I’ve learned a lot from. The most important thing on the night though was putting in a good performance and we did that and I think we deserved the result as well.”
Looking ahead to Friday night, Flores recalled his goal against Fleetwood last season.
“I’ll always remember that one, it’s something that’ll standout in my career and when I think ahead to playing Fleetwood again it’s nice to have that picture of scoring my first goal against them in my head.
“It’s down to business again though, I’m aiming to get more game time before the season starts and there’s a great chance for me to do that at Fleetwood.”
Flores celebrating his first Latics goal in September 2015.
Flores has featured against Liverpool, Macclesfield Town, Rochdale and Oldham so far in pre-season, and he says he’s been delighted with the amount of match minutes given to him by manager Gary Caldwell, with Friday seen as an opportunity to further his progress.
“I’ve been getting a lot of minutes in the last few games with 70 minutes at Rochdale and another 90 at Oldham.
“It’s massive for me momentum wise because it will carry me into the season instead of having to catch up on game time.
“It’s been a tough pre-season, but a good one in terms of testing ourselves against Manchester United and Liverpool, both of those matches were massive experiences for everyone involved.
“Those matches were good indications of seeing where we want to be in the end. We’ve not had the results we’ve wanted in the other games, but Tuesday night was a good win for us even though we could have scored more goals.
“It was a good response from us all to the performance against Rochdale and we’re looking to use the win at Oldham to kick us on against Fleetwood and then into the season.”
With Latics’ return to the Sky Bet Championship away to Bristol City just over one week away, Flores continued, explaining the hard work going into preparations at Latics’ new training centre.
“Everyone is looking fit now, working hard in training and looking after themselves.
“With us going up a league we feel like we need to step it up even more. We were good last season, but we have to be even better this season with the quality of the teams we’re going to face.
“We need to match and better those teams, so we have to be fitter and stronger than before.
“The facilities are very good here, they were good at Christopher Park and the club has enjoyed many years there, but this is the next level.
“It’s what the club needs to push on and hopefully now we’re here we can match the quality of the facilities with a good season on the pitch.”