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GRAHAM BARROW PREVIEWS NEWCASTLE

31 March 2017

Barrow on Newcastle match: “We go there to put on a performance.”

  • Latics face Newcastle United on Saturday 1 April.
  • Barrow on supporters: ‘To know they’ll be there backing us in numbers is massive’
  • Barrow on Newcastle: “We’ve got to go and make it uncomfortable for them.”
  • “The players need to understand what playing for this club means” – Graham Barrow.
NEWCASTLE UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
ST JAMES’ PARK
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00pm 

Latics Interim Manager Graham Barrow spoke to Latics Player HD in Advance of the trip to Newcastle.

GB ON PLAYERS REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRIES 
“We used to have about seven or eight players going away a few years ago, but it’s great that we’ve still got players of that calibre linking up with their countries, and it hasn’t really been a nuisance to us because we’ve had them back early enough to get them into what we’ve been working on in preparation for this game. 

GB ON SAM MORSY
“Sam looked great yesterday to be fair. He’s the type of lad which you like really because he just gets on with it, but like I say he looked great and really up for it. 

GB ON NEWCASTLE 
“If you’d asked me a week ago how I felt about this game I’d probably have been quite on edge, but the international break has helped me and my staff more than anybody because we’ve managed to do a lot of work and have got into the players a bit more. 

“We’re confident of putting in a good performance and hopefully that brings with it the result we’re looking for. People have been telling me that we’ve sold out our allocation which is absolutely fantastic.

GB ON FANS
“The supporters clearly haven’t given up so if they haven’t given up then we can’t give up either. That’ll be the message to the players today and tomorrow. People are spending their earnings to support the club and it certainly helps me motivationally. If we go there and there’s hardly any supporters from Wigan there it would make life harder, but I can picture them all there right at the top of the stand now backing us, and that’s massive. 

GB ON HOME GAME AGAINST NEWCASTLE
“I thought we gave one of our better performances when we played them back in December. 
There’s things we have to do better tactically in terms of needing to be in the game and that’ll be my message. If we do that then hopefully we can turn the tables on them. 

“They’re under as much pressure as us really but in a different way. Their supporters could become a bit anxious and that could reflect on how they play the game. We could make them quite nervous but that’s got to be down to us really.

GB ON PREVIOUS GAMES WITH NEWCASTLE
“We’ve always had good games against them. They’ve always had that attacking element about them ever since the Kevin Keegan days, and in fairness Rafael Benitez has done a good job there and they’ve got that attacking look about them still. They’ve got good footballers but it’s up to us to stop them.

GB ON ANDY KELLETT
“Unfortunately it was a bad injury for Andy against Villa which is a real shame. He’s such an unlucky player and there’s such a massive player in there. Hopefully over the summer we can help, but I think he just needs to toughen his body up. If he does that then we’ve got a very good player.

GB ON OTHER PLAYERS
“The Will Grigg injury has probably hit us more than anything. I’ve got to mention Omar Bogle though because it’s almost a bit unfair of what we’re asking of him. I think he’s taken the whole weight on to his shoulders and I want him to go back to the player he was when he first came here. 

“He now thinks he has to be the man who scores the goals to keep us up, but that won’t happen if he thinks about it too much. I’m just trying to take the pressure off him a little bit but I think he’s more than capable of getting us out of trouble. 


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