Latics forward determined to replicate Bournemouth triumph when the Hammers visit the DW Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup.
- Ryan Colclough speaks ahead of Wigan Athletic v West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup.
- Forward expects Latics to more than compete against their Premier League opponents.
- Colclough recalls standout FA Cup memory as Latics' 1-0 trophy triumph against Manchester City.
Speaking to the Wigan Athletic match day programme ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup clash with West Ham United, Latics forward Ryan Colclough shared his pre-match thoughts and his and the squad's desire to pull off another cup upset against a Premier League side following the third round victory over AFC Bournemouth.
Below is an excerpt from the interview.
YOU MADE YOUR FIRST START AFTER A SHOULDER INJURY IN THE LAST ROUND AGAINST AFC BOURNEMOUTH, WHAT A GAME TO MAKE YOUR RETURN IN?
“To play, perform and win against Premier League players gave everyone a lift. You’ve got to step up because you’re playing against elite players. It was a very good game to play in and something we’ll all remember.
“The gaffer wants us to attack and be a threat, we certainly did that and I enjoyed myself. We set up to beat Bournemouth, as we do in every game we play.
“We stay narrow when we’re defending, but once we’ve got the ball the gaffer gives us all the freedom in the world to play and excite the fans.
“I’ve had a few injuries this season so to get back and play in that game was good and the way it ended was even better.”
WE’VE GOT ANOTHER PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM AT THE DW STADIUM ON SATURDAY, HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU AND THE BOYS THAT WE CAN PULL OFF ANOTHER UPSET?
“West Ham are in the Premier League for a reason, whether they’ve got injuries or not they’ll come today with strength in depth.
“We’re not bothered if they’ve got a fully fit squad or if they’re missing key players, our main task is to go into the game thinking exactly the way we did against Bournemouth, believing we can win the game.
“The atmosphere amongst the boys is great, it’s an unbelievable dressing room and the best since I’ve been at the club.
“There’s a real togetherness and everybody wants to achieve the same thing, we want to win and going into this game everyone believes that we can.”
TICKETS HAVE SOLD WELL FOR GAME AND THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BE TYPICAL OF AN FA CUP TIE, HOW MUCH DOES THAT HELP TO MOTIVATE YOU?
“The fans have been great this season and they’ll be well up for the game. They’ll bounce off the West Ham fans and it’s going to be a great atmosphere.
“During the game you try to block out the chants, but the boys definitely feel the support and that was clear against Bournemouth and away at Plymouth last weekend.
“It’s great when the fans get involved in the game. We play to excite them and hopefully we’ll please them again this afternoon.”
WATCHING ON, WHAT’S THE FA CUP GAME THAT STICKS OUT IN YOUR MIND THE MOST?
“I’ll be honest, the biggest and most memorable thing I’ve seen in the FA Cup is Wigan beating Manchester City. It was a great team performance and I know how much winning the cup still means to the fans.
“Seeing Ben Watson’s goal go in at the end made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
“We’re carrying that on our shoulders every time we play in the competition and we want to honour the club’s history in the cup to the best of our ability. Who knows, it could a dream come true again.
“The last time we played Bournemouth in the third round we went on to win the FA Cup, so I think we’ve got a lot to live up to.”
Pick up your copy of the match day programme to find out more from Ryan as he talks about his FA Cup experience, his injuries this season and how inspirational his family is to his career.