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ALEX GILBEY: “WE’RE APPROACHING VILLA CLASH POSITIVELY”

16 March 2017

Midfielder reflects on the past week and looks ahead to Aston Villa’s visit to the DW Stadium.

  • Alex Gilbey looks ahead to Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa.
  • Midfielder is excited to face Steve Bruce’s side.
  • Gilbey: “We’re approaching the game positively”
Wigan Athletic midfielder says he’s excited to face Aston Villa at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon and that he and his teammates will be looking to attack the game in positive fashion.

“Everyone is on the same page, everyone is going to approach these games positively, we’ve got our heads down this week in preparation for the game and we have to take that onto the pitch,” Gilbey said.

“I can’t wait to play against Villa; like Big G [Graham Barrow] said to us this morning, this is a Premier League team and we have to be excited for it and be up for it from the off and you never know what can happen if you do that.”

Despite results since his return being indifferent, Gilbey admits he’s just been delighted to just be back out playing after a frustrating five months out injured.

“It’s great to be back,” he added. “I’m taking every minute as it comes, loving training every day and I don’t really want the season to end because I am just getting back to full fitness now.”



Gilbey has been out for a five months with an injury sustained against Fulham earlier in the season.

And he’s hoping for a big atmosphere at the DW on Saturday afternoon:

“I think it’s 50:50; we have to give the fans something to shout about and they have to do their best to create an atmosphere and get behind us,” he explained.

“We have to stick together, come through it together and try and get the points we really need.”

It’s no secret that Latics must score more goals to retain their Sky Bet Championship status, and though Gilbey acknowledges that, he wanted to praise the defenders, especially Dan Burn.

“If you look at Dan Burn this season, he took some unnecessary stick at the start of the season and that was unfair but it shows what an unbelievable character he is and how good a player he is with how he’s dealt with that and come back,” Gilbey said.

“All of the defenders have been brilliant and it’s up to me, the other midfield lads and the attackers to start scoring some goals.”

Graham Barrow was appointed Interim Manager in the week after the club parted company with manager Warren Joyce, and Gilbey says the fact Barrow is a familiar face will be beneficial.

“It’s always unsettling seeing a manager leave and it’s not nice to see anybody lose their job,” Gilbey said of Joyce’s departure.

“It happens in football, though, and everyone will move on and the good thing is that Big G is a face we know so there’s not too much upheaval.

“We’ve worked with Graham before, we feel comfortable with him and we’re looking to listen to him and learn from him.”



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