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25 August 2017

Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson talks to iFollow Latics ahead of Saturday's clash with Portsmouth.

  • Watch: Leam Richardson looks ahead to Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth.
  • Assistant Manager looking forward to reunion with previous employers.
  • "The players deserve the credit for our start, they're enjoying their day-to-day work," Richardson.

LR on playing against old employers, Portsmouth

“We’ve still got a lot of friends down there so it’ll be nice to see some familiar faces, but we’ve got good momentum at the moment so we’re looking forward to the game.”

LR on a successful two seasons at Portsmouth

“We had a fantastic time at Portsmouth and were all really committed to the club and the job itself by moving our families down there. We left the club in a better position because we took a struggling team to Champions so it was a great two years. It was a brilliant experience for us and they’ve got some really good people working at the club.”

LR on what to expect from Portsmouth

“The management team they have now is very experienced and we’ve left them with a Championship winning squad. We’re expecting a good game and we know the capabilities of the players there and the levels that they can reach.”

LR on being desperate to win on Saturday

“You’re desperate to win for the three points, certainly with the momentum we’ve got and the start we’ve had. It’s a cliché saying it’s another game but that’s what it is and there’s three points up for grabs, but it’s a game we’re really looking forward to.”

LR on looking to maintain 100% league record

“The players deserve all the credit, all we’ve done is come in and put a structure in place and a certain training regime in place, so it’s up to them to buy into it and run with it. Thankfully so far they have done, and they seem to be enjoying the day to day work.”

LR on squad news

“We’re still waiting on a couple of things and are still dusting down from Tuesday as well to be fair, but the preparation for this game has certainly been good. We’ve had a good training week and we hope that’ll stand us in good stead come 3pm on Saturday afternoon.”

LR on Will Grigg

“I thought Will was fantastic on Tuesday. You’re always cautious when lads come back from such injuries but I thought his timing and movement were top class. I don’t have to tell you how good he is, but it’s important that he gets match minutes so he can then get judged and go forward and carry the baton so to speak.”

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