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WARREN JOYCE PREVIEWS THE VISIT OF BRISTOL CITY

10 March 2017

Manager Warren Joyce on Bristol City: “The players know what they need to do.”

  • Latics face Bristol City at The DW Stadium on Saturday 11 March.
  • Joyce on Bristol City: ‘We need to be ruthless.’
  • ‘The supporters can make the difference.’ Joyce.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v BRISTOL CITY
DW STADIUM
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 11 March 2017
KICK-OFF 3.00pm 

Latics manager Warren Joyce spoke to the official Wigan Athletic website ahead of the visit of Bristol City on Saturday March 11th.

WJ ON INJURY UPDATE
It’s a case of good news and bad news really. Max Power will not make it, he has a hamstring strain which shouldn’t be too serious but he came off after feeling it at Birmingham. We’ll have to assess that next week. Shaun MacDonald is in contention, however, which is incredible considering the manner he came off at Blackburn and how serious it looked at the time.  He will be assessed before the match. 

WJ ON DAVID PERKINS, GABRIEL OBERTAN, ALEX GILBEY, AND JOSH LAURENT.
With Sam Morsy still suspended we are down a bit on numbers, but I thought those who stepped in on Tuesday really played their part. Perks showed all his years of professionalism when he slotted in to the pace of the game straight away and did well. Gabby is another who has been working so hard to get back to a level of fitness I know he’s capable of and although he’s still not there yet, to be able to start the game gives us another great option. Alex is a good young player who again gives us a great option and to have him back in the squad is another bonus. Josh came on for his first taste of the Championship and he’s another who has been working hard to reach a level. 

WJ ON BRISTOL CITY
It’s a big game of course it is, an opportunity for three points, but we have to approach the game as we do every one, with the mentality of wanting to win and setting up to do just that. They have threats in their side that we will have to deal with, and it’s a case of the players knowing their jobs, winning their individual battles and matching them physically. We will prepare thoroughly as we always do.

WJ ON THE DEFENCE
As a defensive unit we have been really solid, ever since I came to the club really, with the exception of the first game against Reading and the first half against Rotherham. That’s not just the back four, although, Buxton and Burn, Warnock, Connolly, Hanson have all led by example. It’s as a team that we have defended really well, and that has to be the first building block. 

WJ ON SCORING
We all want the team to score goals, that is obvious, and it doesn’t matter where those goals come from. On Tuesday, Dan was the one who got the all-important touch and it’s great when the goals come from different sources. We are creating enough chances, and we need to find the quality required at the right time to convert them. We need to be ruthless when those chances come along.

WJ ON THE SUPPORTERS
I don’t care if it’s a cliché, but the supporters are and always will be the 12th man. The atmosphere here in the derby against Preston was superb and we need that again tomorrow. Players are human beings, they respond to encouragement and when they feel the crowd behind them it gives them a big lift. 


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