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DAN BURN LOOKS AHEAD TO DW SEASON OPENER WITH BURY

11 August 2017

Watch 2016-17 Player of the Year Dan Burn look ahead to Sunday's opening Sky Bet League One match at the DW Stadium in 2017-18.

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Wigan Athletic defender Dan Burn says Latics need to pose Bury with the same threats they did MK Dons when the Shakers arrive at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Talking exclusively to iFollow Latics on Friday, Burn spoke of a good mood in the camp following back-to-back wins but stressed the players won’t be getting carried away with their recent form with the season still in its embryonic stage.

“It’s a good mood around the camp,” Burn said. “We are not getting too far ahead of ourselves because we are only two games into the season at the moment but I think we performed really well on Saturday against MK Dons.

“Even when we went down to ten men, I still felt we could score more goals and that is nice because I don’t think there was a lot of us that probably felt that last year.

“The lads that played on Tuesday, I thought they did brilliantly as well; for not playing together before and going up against a strong Blackpool side is good and it just carries on that winning mentality.

“There were a lot of new lads in the starting line-up [on Saturday] and a couple of lads who had only had a few days training and not had many minutes in pre-season so it was nice and positive to see – every time we broke forwards I felt like we were going to score.

“They didn’t pose us too many problems and they are probably going to be one of the better teams that we play. Sunday we’ll play Bury and they will be a different type of opposition.”

Burn watched north-east side Sunderland beat Sunday’s opponents Bury – managed by his former Birmingham boss Lee Clark – in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night and he feels he knows what to expect from the Shakers.

“I watched Bury last night and I thought they did quite well against Sunderland,” he added. “I have played with the manager there before when I was at Birmingham so I know what to expect – they will press high up the pitch and they will be more direct down the channels.

“We have done our work this morning, we want to play the way we want to play, deal with their threats and hopefully pose the same problems we did at MK Dons.”

Burn looks to struck up a good bond with fellow defender Chey Dunkley, a welcome start to life as a defensive partnership following news of Craig Morgan’s injury.

And Burn believes it is an area in which Latics are well stocked.

“Me and Chey have played together most of pre-season now so we are starting to get the ideas of different people’s movement and where they would like to go and press the ball,” Burn explained.

“I have said it before, especially in defence, I think the depth of our squad is very good; you look at Terell, Donervon, Stubbsy, Morgs, we have good depth in the squad.”


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