Warren Joyce looks ahead to the trip to Molineux
- Latics face Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship at Molineux on Tuesday 14 Feb.
- Joyce on the Latics players: ‘They're giving everything, we've got to keep believing.'
- Joyce on Michael Jacobs: ‘Goals has been the only thing missing from his game.’
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2017
WARREN JOYCE SPOKE TO LATICS PLAYER HD IN ADVANCE OF THE VISIT TO MOLINEUX
WJ ON FULHAM DEFEAT
“The players are doing nearly everything they can at the minute. They’re creating chances, working hard and playing some decent football. They’re desperate to win games and we’re pushing men forward, but we got caught out at the end with a sucker punch.
WJ ON FINE MARGINS
“We’ve never been in a situation where we’ve been beaten heavily like some teams were this weekend. We’ve never had a drubbing and the players have never come off the pitch feeling inferior or where there wasn’t a plan to hurt the opposition. We’ve shown we can match these big teams who have vast amounts of money to spend. We’ve just got to keep believing.
WJ ON GAME PLAN
“The teams at the top of this league don’t play with two strikers, they have a plan to pass the ball around and keep the ball. If you look at Chelsea they only have one striker in their side, and I don’t think there’s too many teams in world football who play with two out and out centre forwards.
“It’s okay to play that way and I’ve been at a club who have done it, but then you need other players who are that good at doing other things in other positions. It’s important we play our game and make sure we stop the opposition and imposing our style and brand on them.
“Germany won the World Cup without having a forward in the side, but they had a method of playing where they kept the ball, knew when to close down, how to make chances and where runs were coming from. It’s not as simple as playing two out and out wingers who stay on the touchline and two out and out strikers who stand in the middle of the pitch.
“Questions are asked of you tactically in this league by a number of managers who have got an armoury of clever and talented players, most of which will have played in the Premier League. They can afford that sort of arrogance because they have that artillery. It’s our job to be able to stop those sides from hurting us, and I think we’ve done that so far.
We’ve never got a battering, we played good football, the lads have given everything they can to stay in the league, and if they keep doing that there’s always going to be a chance, if there’s no plan, like we did in the first half at Rotherham, you can get undone like we did that day by a side below us in the league.
It doesn’t mean that there won’t be a time when two can play together, whoever they are, but it’s got to be right for that game, the league is too high a standard to have that arrogance that we don’t have to think about the opposition.
WJ ON MICHAEL JACOBS
You want goals from all over the pitch, at Burton the left back crossed for the right back to score, Sam Morsy’s chipped in with goals, you need that movement, you want rotation, clever play, people making runs.
Michael’s a good footballer, he’s impressed me since I’ve come to the club and goals is probably the only thing that’s been missing from his game. If you look over the last week, he’s had good opportunities, on Saturday, he could have had three goals he’s a clever player, honest, quick, tough, a lot of real pluses.
WJ ON WOLVES
They’ve had a topsy-turvy season, they were one of the favourites at the start, with big money spent, players coming in for 8, 10, 12 million, but even with all that money, it shows it’s not easy to gel a team together, and they’ve brought players in the last window to supplement that too.
It’s not going to be an easy game, we’ve got to set out a game plan to beat them
WJ ON GAMES AGAINST THE SIDES AROUND US IN THE TABLE
I don’t think we’ve been inferior to even the top sides, with a little bit of luck in the last three games, could have had nine points, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich beat sides by three goals and five goals, whereas we’ve been in every game and we’ve had chance of winning. We need to have the same approach and try and turn those good performances into goals and points.