Assistant Manager on Saturday’s 3-1 success at Blackpool.
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Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson was delighted with his side as they extended their unbeaten run to six games and strengthened their grip on a Sky Bet League One automatic promotion spot with a 3-1 win over Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Richardson said:
“Blackpool are a good team, a good squad and have a good management team behind them and a are building from last year, when I thought they were excellent.
“They work hard, play in the right spirit and in the right and they are getting their just rewards. They had only conceded three at home this season up until today and will fancy themselves to get right up there this year.
“It was disappointing to go behind so early; we like to build into games from a solid base and it’s a mistake from the team, from giving the ball away from the free-kick to then the ball going into our own goal.
“Every player on the pitch was excellent first-half, though, because it could have turned bad with the weather with how bad it was but I thought the two teams gave a good account of themselves and it was a good spectacle.
“It’s a good three points because they are a good team and it is a tough place to come.”
The story of the day saw David Perkins score his first Latics’ goal on his 83rd appearance for the club and Richardson said it was a special moment for the midfielder.
“Fair play to him; he is a top-class pro and a good senior pro around the group so for him to come on and get the goal is extra special,” he explained.
“When you are a valuable member of the group – and all of the lads love Perks – you can see what it means and everyone is made up for him.”
That goal perhaps over-shadowed Dunkley’s double to give Latics the lead after his mistake saw Kyle Vassell prod home the opener after the defender headed the ball beyond his goalkeeper Jamie Jones in a communication error.
And Richardson heaped praise on Dunkley’s reaction:
“Every member of our squad will possibly make a mistake this season and it is then how we respond to that and I thought, as a group, and individually Chey, we certainly did.
“You could see what it meant to Chey and the lads when he scored and, as a team, you could see what it meant.”
Richardson finished by saying how special the win was in front of such an excellent travelling support.
“When you take a travelling support like that and you can reward them with a win like that and show that endeavour, is fantastic.”