Assistant manager says Latics had to work hard for 5-1 victory over MK Dons.
- WATCH: Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson on Latics’ 5-1 win over MK Dons
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- Richardson: “The result suggests it was a dominant performance but we certainly had to work for it in the first-half.”
Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson says Latics had to work hard for their 5-1 victory over MK Dons on Saturday afternoon despite the scoreline suggesting a dominant day’s work.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Richardson said:
“The result suggests it was a dominant performance but we certainly had to work for it in the first-half as we came up against a team in MK Dons who want to pass and will ask certain questions.
“Our lads had to deal with that and thankfully we did today.”
Will Grigg moved to 23 goals for the season with a hat-trick in the victory and Richardson praised the frontman.
“Will does what he does,” Richardson said. “If you give him half a chance he will score goals but he will be the first to tell you the work ethic around him and the delivery for some of the goals were top class.”
The win sees Latics move back into the automatic promotion places at the expense of Shrewsbury Town, who face Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday.
But Richardson says the focus for Latics has to remain on their own results.
“Shrewsbury are in the final tomorrow but we have an amount of games to play and amount of points to get regardless of what other teams do,” he explained.
“I have said all season we will concentrate on ourselves and get our results first.
“It is an important part of the year; it is about getting the players on the pitch with freshness and recovery is important because we have had a hectic period and we have another one coming up – fingers crossed we will continue what we are doing.”