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22 December 2017

First team coach Anthony Barry discusses Latics' challenge at Oxford United on Saturday.

  • Watch: Wigan Athletic First Team Coach Anthony Barry on Latics' Sky Bet League One match at Oxford United
  • Barry confirms Ryan Colclough has recovered from illness and will make the trip
  • Barry: "Nothing is won in December so there is a lot of hard work left."

Anthony Barry on Oxford United

It's a tough test; Oxford have a really good squad and it's a good club.

The way Pep [Clotet] has put the team together down there is a style of play that we really respect.

They'll come after us, they're a great attacking team, with good threats, so it's a big challenge for us.

Anthony Barry on December

So far we have done really well and now we have a good block of five games in 14 days.

It is an intense period for the lads, we need to stay focused because in the Christmas period people can sometimes lack discipline but we need to make sure we stay with our habits, stay consistent and keep doing what has got us to where we are.

We have got a great group of lads, we trust them they have great habits, they work hard and on a personal level they are great to coach.

Anthony Barry on morale

We try and make sure people enjoy their work and enjoy their football.

The players have a fantastic job and they have to make sure they enjoy it; it is obviously easier when you're winning games and you are doing well but we think happy players are good players.

Anthony Barry on reaching halfway point of the season

We are not even halfway there and there are still plenty of tough games to come; nothing is won in December so there is a lot of hard work left.

We will keep knuckling down and let's see where we are the other side of this 15-day period.

Anthony Barry on Latics' defensive record

The defending goes right across the front; Ivan and Will really set the press well for us, they work hard and then the front three, you won't find harder working attacking midfielders so, as a team ethos, we like to defend and attack as a team - everything we do we celebrate together.

Anthony Barry on the squad

All of the lads are in good shape; some of the lads have had a bit of downtime this week, we also had a game on Tuesday against Burnley for some of the lads that lack minutes, so all in all, it has been a good week and we are ready to go.

Coco [Ryan Colclough] is back in the squad and Noel Hunt had a knock earlier in the week but he seems fine so we will be ready to go.

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