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GRAHAM BARROW PREVIEWS THE TRIP TO BIRMINGHAM

6 March 2017

Barrow on Birmingham: “It’s a chance for us to get Blackburn out of the system.”

  • Latics face Birmingham City on Tuesday 7 March
  • Barrow on Birmingham: ‘It’s now or never, we understand that.’
  • ‘Sam and Shaun’s absence will give others a chance.’ Barrow on opportunities.
BIRMINGHAM CITY v. WIGAN ATHLETIC 
ST ANDREW’S
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
TUESDAY 7 MARCH 2017
KICK-OFF 7.45PM 

LATICS ASSISTANT MANAGER GRAHAM BARROW SPOKE TO LATICS PLAYER HD IN ADVANCE OF THE TRIP TO ST ANDREW’S TO FACE BIRMINGHAM CITY.

GB on Blackburn game
“We had the post-mortem after the game on Saturday but you can’t dwell on it too much now. We looked at the stats that the analysts gave us and on paper we didn’t do as badly as we thought because we had shots on target and kept them down to limited attempts on goal, but I think we all know it wasn’t a satisfactory performance and sometimes statistics have to go to one side.

GB on next 11 games
“We’ve always intended to have a go and we all know that we have to quite simply score more goals than the opposition. The league table itself hasn’t changed too much and the odd team now seem to be getting dragged further and further into it. The main message is that we have to do something about it ourselves and stop looking at other results and how other teams are doing. We need to start winning some football matches.

GB on Birmingham City
“From what I saw when they played Leeds the other night they’re a side who look to play football so we’ve certainly got to be competitive in the midfield areas. As we’ve seen over the years you don’t always have to dominate possession to win games, as Leeds showed the other night, they were just more threatening than Birmingham and we’ve got to become that team.

GB on looking to take advantage 
“Birmingham are a big club in their own right and have a decent following, so if we feel if we start the game right then we can turn the crowd against their own team which is always an advantage at these bigger clubs. We’ve done that a couple of games this year and if we do it again on Tuesday then it could work in our favour. 

GB on injuries
“Shaun’s injury isn’t as bad as it seems. He’s a tough competitive player but I think it was probably the immediate impact that was quite painful, so touch wood it may not be ligament damage and there’s hope for him even now at this stage for Saturday. 

GB on Sam Morsy suspension
“There’s been a lot of players chomping at the bit and knocking on the manager’s door asking him why they’re not playing, so now somebody has to step up because we’re going to have to be competitive in midfield. There will be an opportunity after training today for somebody to put themselves in the team.

GB on not giving up
“We know there’s a figure we need to get to and there’s certainly enough games to play to get to that. It’s now or never for us though. 


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