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WARREN JOYCE PREVIEWS THE VISIT OF NORWICH CITY

6 February 2017

Warren Joyce on the Canaries: "They’re a quality team but we’re here to compete.”

  • Latics face Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship at The DW Stadium on Tue 7 Feb
  • Joyce on Wildschut: ‘He’s a threat, we obviously know all the things he can do.’
  • Joyce on the Latics supporters: “We need your help, get behind the players again.’
WIGAN ATHLETIC v NORWICH CITY
DW STADIUM
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7 2017
KICK-OFF 7.450pm 

Latics manager Warren Joyce spoke to the official Wigan Athletic website ahead of Tuesday night's visit of Norwich City.

JOYCE ON SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
It was a frustrating night, decided by an avoidable goal. We lacked a slight edge in the final third, everyone could see that and we spoke to the players afterwards about having that little bit of poise in front of goal. We had chances again, but if you look at Sam Morsy’s shot, or James Weir’s header, you just need the calmness to turn those into goals.  

They’re working hard, no doubt about that, but when you play teams with the budgets of Sheffield Wednesday or Norwich, that money buys you quality and quality players will always cause you problems at some point during matches. I thought we were a bit ragged for the spell just before they scored and we switched off for a free-kick, then 90 seconds later the ball’s in the back of the net, albeit through a deflection.

That’s how quickly it can turn and we need to guard for those moments.

JOYCE ON NORWICH
They’re a really dangerous side filled with quality. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t compete with them. Yes the difference in terms of budgets between teams in this division is frightening at times, they’ve just bought Yanic Wildschut for a sum that probably buys our entire squad. But that has to go out of your mind when you’re face to face on the pitch. Then it’s who gets it right on the night, who works that little bit harder, who has the tactical edge, who has that little bit of poise we talked about, and those are the things we need to work on. 

JOYCE ON WILDSCHUT
It’s going to be harder for him than us I think. Just over a week ago he was fighting for our corner, then everything happened as it did and we made our feelings clear at the time. But now he has to come and the supporters will decide how they choose to react and it's how he deals with it all mentally. We can’t be affected by any of that. We know what a dangerous player he can be, he’s quick and strong, and our defenders have obviously played against him in training many times.  Ultimately, he’s one of many threats they possess so we need to be wary of that but not to the detriment of the other dangerous players they have.

JOYCE ON FORMATIONS
I have been asked about playing two men up front but it’s not as simple as that, the dynamic of the team is the most important. We tried two up front at Rotherham and we were three down at half-time against the bottom team. It can leave you short in midfield as we found out that day, and expose your defenders. We put a team on the field with only one aim: to win. We will select the team and choose the tactics which we feel will give us the best chance of winning a game.

JOYCE ON INJURIES
We don’t have any more knocks and bruises from Friday night, which helps the stability of the squad. As regards making changes we will assess that in training and see if we feel a change will benefit the team. Some of the new arrivals and the long-term injured players coming back need to catch up with the rest of the group fitness-wise, there is no point throwing them in until they’re ready. 

JOYCE ON THE SUPPORTERS
We need their help again, they were magnificent on Friday night. It’s under the lights again against Norwich, so please come and support your players and give them that extra belief.


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