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LEAM RICHARDSON EXPECTS MORE OF THE SAME AGAINST AFC BOURNEMOUTH

16 January 2018

Assistant manager says Latics will play with freedom once again against AFC Bournemouth.

  • Leam Richardson previews Latics v AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup.
  • The latest team news from Wigan Athletic's assistant manager.
  • Latics will play with the freedom to express themselves and score goals.

Leam Richardson on team news

"We've got a fully fit squad from the weekend apart from some bumps and bruises and a little bit of illness, but everyone should be fine to take part.

"James Vaughan will be the only one who misses out from the weekend as he's already played in the FA Cup for Sunderland.

"Shaun MacDonald is missing as the gaffer explained last week and we'll to continue to assess his knee, but we've been fortunate to welcome other players back like Jamie Jones who had a frustrating shoulder injury after playing so well in Christian Walton's absence.

"It's great to have Jamie back because he's such a good pro and offers great experience around the place."

Leam Richardson on the prestige of the FA Cup

"Every game is big in the FA Cup especially for us with our recent history in the competition, so we'll be taking it very seriously.

"There's the added spice of Bournemouth being the first team we played when the club won the cup in 2013, but the FA Cup is such a strong competition for every team in every league.

"Every year you see upsets around the country and it's still very highly thought of across the world."

Leam Richardson on the need for a replay

"Coming out of the fixture period over Christmas I'm sure Eddie Howe and Bournemouth wouldn't have wanted a replay and neither did we because we thought we'd have enough to win it.

"Replays aren't healthy at this time of year, but it means we're in the hat and we've still got a chance to progress."

Leam Richardson on AFC Bournemouth

"We're playing a very good club in Bournemouth who have a good management team and very talented players. We've seen that over the last few years and up close and personal down at their place.

"Bournemouth are a well structured team full of pace, but our lads handled the ball well and progressed as they have been doing all season."

Leam Richardson on the first meeting at the Vitality Stadium

"It was always going to be a good game because both teams like to get the ball down and play. For a netural it would have been a good day because we both tried to hurt each other in the final third right throughout the match.

"This time we want to express ourselves again and give our lads the freedom to play and score goals.

"It will be a similar game to the first one. I wouldn't say there's an outright favourite because we're both determined to win.  They'll be on a high from their win on Sunday and they'll be looking forward to Saturday in the Premier League just as we will be for our trip to Plymouth, but first of all there's the small matter of a cup tie."

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