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1 January 2018

Assistant manager delighted as Latics record sixth consecutive clean sheet to strengthen promotion bid in New Year's Day win at Northampton Town.

  • WATCH: Leam Richardson on Wigan Athletic's 1-0 win at Northampton Town
  • Richardson delighted as Latics record sixth successive clean sheet
  • Richardson: "We have started the New Year with the win and hopefully we can build on that."

Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson was proud of Latics' players as they battled to a 1-0 victory on New Year's Day at Northampton Town.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Richardson said:

"With the fixture list over the festive period, you're always going to get games like that and to be fair Northampton made us dig in.

"A little bit of quality in the game came from Nick Powell and from there we had to dig in as good teams do.

"Christian has pulled a great save off and we have gone down the other end and scored and from then on possibly could have gone 2-0 up. Northampton offered everything, which you'd expect, they made us work for the win and thankfully we got it."

The win saw Latics keep a sixth consecutive clean sheet, a source of further pride for Richardson.

"It's not just the keeper and the back four, but Griggy and from the front, the lads are sticking at it and long may that continue," Richardson explained.

"It's tough for the lads at this time of year with the amount of games and the travelling but that's the industry and you wouldn't change it for the world.

"Thankfully we have picked up some good points over Christmas, we have started the New Year with the win and hopefully we can build on that.

"When you are getting postive results and scoring goals, it's tough [to change the team], and me and the manager in the past haven't been ones for chopping or changing.

"We have a lot of trust in our squad and the lads who are just outside of the starting XI, they're the most important ones just now to keep going because the lads who are playing are flying.

"The lads are gasping for the recovery now and we will dust ourselves down and prepare for Bournemouth."

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