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LEE NICHOLLS: “I AM READY IF NEEDED”

7 March 2016

Goalkeeper says he is always ready to deputise if needed for Gary Caldwell after replacing Jussi Jaaskelainen from the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Peterborough United.

  • “I always prepare as if I am going to start games.” – Nicholls.
  • 23-year-old pleased to get opportunity.
  • Praise for striker Will Grigg, who notched his 17th goal of the season on Saturday.
Latics goalkeeper Lee Nicholls says he is ready whenever he is called upon to fill in between the sticks after making his first appearance of the campaign in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Peterborough United.

Nicholls replaced Jussi Jaaskelainen in the first-half after the 40-year-old suffered concussion from a challenge with Posh forward Jon Taylor and he says, although he was disappointed for Jaaskelainen, he was pleased to get the opportunity.

“Every game you sit on the bench, you have to be ready and prepare as if you are going to start,” Nicholls explained. “Jussi went down and I was disappointed for him but I am always ready to step in if and when I am needed.

“I wasn’t nervous, I was quite relaxed and looking forward to playing and I was hoping I got on and got my chance sooner rather than later.”

Speaking about the game itself, Nicholls admitted Peterborough had to be given credit for their performance at the DW, whilst he also reflected on Marcus Maddision’s equaliser for Posh as the former Newcastle United youngster fired home from 35 yards.

“The lad has hit the ball well and fair play to him, personally I could have stood still and done better but things like that happen in football,” he added.

“Peterborough came here and tried to stop us from scoring like any team would and credit to them because they are a good side as well and they tried to play football and affect the game going forward.”

Will Grigg had given Latics the lead in the second-half, scoring his 17th goal of the season in all competitions and Nicholls added that he has been on the wrong side of the clinical Northern Ireland international striker in training.

“I get frustrated with Griggy in training because he is always scoring against me,” Nicholls continued. “Credit to him because he is a great finisher and he is doing well for us.”

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