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WATCH: LEAM RICHARDSON LOOKS AHEAD TO LATICS' EMIRATES FA CUP TIE WITH AFC FYLDE

11 December 2017

Leam Richardson spoke to iFollow Latics ahead of Wigan Athletic v AFC Fylde in the Emirates FA Cup.

  • WATCH: Leam Richardson on Wigan Athletic v AFC Fylde
  • Richardson discusses the Emirates FA Cup, potential tie with AFC Bournemouth and team news
  • Richardson: “We are fortunate that we have a good squad and we have good players that, as you have seen through the season, can go in and play in any kind of unit and position and play well.

On AFC Fylde…

We expected a tough task last Friday when we played them.

They are making great strides as a club through the Chairman and Dave [Challinor], who has been there for six or seven years now.

We are looking forward to the game, we are preparing well and fingers crossed we will get a good result.

On the FA Cup…

With the history of the club and you can see what it means to certain people who are still here, who have experienced some fantastic moments in the FA Cup.

Fingers crossed this year won’t be any different and our full focus will be on Tuesday night and trying to get through.

On team selection…

We are fortunate that we have a good squad and we have good players that, as you have seen through the season, can go in and play in any kind of unit and position and play well.

On potential tie at Premier League Bournemouth…

We have been fortunate enough to come across Eddie Howe and his staff down on the south coast over the last couple of years.

Whoever makes it through and progresses, it will be a very good footballing day for them.

On recent cold weather…

We are fortunate enough to be in a very good club; the facilities that we have got at the training ground don’t hinder us too much regarding training but we do have to be mindful of the weather and the conditions over the Christmas period with the amount of games we have.

It is more about injury prevention and preparation and mental freshness rather than fitness.

The maintenance lads, the groundsman, the chefs and all the staff around the place, they pull together on a daily basis and we are fortunate to be at a good club.

On supporters…

The manager touched on it in his programme notes at the weekend, whether people read it blasé or not, it does mean a lot to us and we are very aware of how expensive it is to watch football and how hard it is to travel around the country, especially in the Christmas and festive period.

 


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