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4 November 2016

Manager looks ahead to Saturday’s game with Jaap Stam’s Royals at the DW Stadium.

  • “Reading have some quality players,” says Warren Joyce.
  • Joyce says he wants his players to put on a performance that entertains the fans.
  • 51-year-old hoping to make immediate impact at the DW Stadium.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce knows his side will be in for a tough test on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) when they host Jaap Stam’s in-form Reading at the DW Stadium.

Joyce’s DW Stadium debut will see him come up against a coach he knows well in Stam, having gone up against him at youth level with Manchester United whilst the Dutchman was in charge at Ajax.

Assessing the challenge the Royals pose, Joyce said:

“Reading have some quality players and I know they like to pass the ball around; I know Jaap Stam because we played some games against Ajax’s youth side last season so I know what his philosophy will be.

“They have players that can apply that and who he has worked on for a while now and they’ve had good success in doing that.”

In Latics’ current predicament, Joyce knows the importance of picking up results sooner rather than later, though he hopes his players can do that by producing entertaining performances for the club’s supporters.

“We’re striving to win every game, and Saturday will be no different, you want people to be doing their jobs with and without the ball and putting on a performance to entertain the fans,” he explained.

“The players have to know what their responsibilities are when the opposition have the ball and how we are going to break them down by cutting through them or picking our way through when we have good possession in and around the box.”

Joyce knows inevitable pressure surrounds his new arrival at the DW Stadium and that only time will tell as to how his appointment is received.

But he hopes supporters will judge him on what his side produces in the coming months on the pitch.

“I can’t tell people what to think about me,” he said. “They’ll make their own minds up about players and management and it’s usually geared around what they see. 

“The things they see in matches are how they will judge in my time here, that’s how you like to be judged in football and that’s how I think I have been judged in the past at all of the clubs I have been at.”

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