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LEE NICHOLLS HAPPY WITH PERFORMANCE AGAINST LIVERPOOL FC

18 July 2016

Goalkeeper reflects after an impressive afternoon’s work saw him make a number of good saves.

  • Nicholls “over the moon” to be selected to play against the Reds.
  • Huyton-born stopper hoping to push Jussi Jaaskelainen for number one spot.
  • New Training Centre at Euxton impressive says Latics youth product.
Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Lee Nicholls told LaticsPlayer HD he was over the moon to be afforded the opportunity to play against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC on Sunday.

Nicholls made a string of fine first half saves to deny the Reds and opener and was perhaps unfortunate to leave the DW field without a clean sheet.

Reflecting post-match, he stated he was pleased with his efforts.

“Obviously you want to play against the best players and the best teams,” Nicholls said. “The gaffer got the game with Liverpool for us and picked me to play in it so I am over the moon.

“As a keeper you’re just ready for the next shot and I made a few good saves and did my job so I am happy.

“For the first goal I got a hand to it and it went up in the air so I thought I had a chance of saving it but unfortunately for me it dropped in. The second one is well worked from them and their player has just been able to roll it into the net past me from close range.”

Nicholls was Latics’ second-choice keeper last season behind experienced stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen and found opportunities hard to come by with the form of the former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United man crucial to Gary Cadlwell’s side’s success.

The young keeper is still pushing to get his hands on the number one jersey, though, and says he hopes his performance against Liverpool has done him no harm.

“I’ve been pushing Jussi hard since the end of last season,” he added. “I’ll push him every day and hopefully I have impressed the gaffer enough.”

Assessing pre-season as a whole, Nicholls admits the progress being made across the club has been encouraging whilst he described the new training facility at Euxton as a top facility.

“Euxton is a step up,” Nicholls continued. “You just drive into the place with the training pitches and the gym there – you can’t complain as a player when you turn up to a facility like that.

“We’ve got to get our heads down now and work hard because everyone is fighting for a shirt.

“Everything has gone well up to now; every game, every training session that has been put on the staff has been top notch so we can’t complain.”

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