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3 February 2018

Assistant manager pleased to extend winning run with victory over in-form Gills.

  • WATCH: Leam Richardson on Latics’ 2-0 win over Gillingham
  • Richardson praises the group as they end the Kent outfit’s eight-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One
  • Richardson: “I thought we started the game tremendously well, took our goals well and possibly could have got more.”

Wigan Athletic’s assistant manager Leam Richardson told iFollow Latics that Saturday’s 2-0 win over Gillingham was largely down to a fast start to the game.

Latics were two goals up by the break thanks to Will Grigg and Nick Powell efforts and Richardson praised the way Latics dealt with Steve Lovell’s in-form Gills.

“It was a good game and a good three points,” Richardson said. “Gillingham are coming off the back of a really good run of eight games unbeaten with some good results on the road. We knew we would be up against it today, their manager has got the job long-term and their players are bang at it.

“I thought we started the game tremendously well, took our goals well and possibly could have got more.

“We had to defend more in the second-half but it was a good performance from the lads.

“We had to change a bit in the second-half, we were a bit more on the back foot and had try and counter and from that we could have scored again.

“Credit has to go to the lads for the work they do throughout the week and on the training ground, because they are replicating it on the pitch on a Tuesday and a Saturday.

“It’s clean sheets, it’s positivity, it’s resilience and it’s points on the board.”

Powell got Latics’ second and Richardson says he is confident his knock in the second-half shouldn’t be too concerning.

“Nick showed his class again,” Richardson said. “He got another goal and he is part of a very good group. He seems fine after his knock, he got a couple of whacks but fingers crossed he’ll be fine and we will dust ourselves and see how we feel tomorrow.”

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