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WATCH: LEAM RICHARDSON ON: OLDHAM ATHLETIC TEST, RICHIE WELLENS, SQUAD FITNESS AND THE 12TH MAN

29 March 2018

  • Preview: Leam Richardson on Latics v Oldham Athletic.
  • Assistant manager on his former team mate Richie Wellens' side.
  • Latics' management and players fully appreciate supporters ahead of run-in.

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... THE OLDHAM TEST

"It'll be a good game, they've been on a good run as of late apart from the Portsmouth defeat and we fully expect a challenge.

"They've got a lot of talent in their squad and an ambitious young manager in Richie Wellens who I know very well.

"Richie sets his team up to be expansive, so I think our style against their style will be a good spectacle for everyone."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... RICHIE WELLENS

"I played with Richie at Blackpool, unluckily enough or luckily enough, which ever way you look at it. Joking aside, he was a top player to play with and I enjoyed my time with Richie at Blackpool.

"He's trying to put his own stamp on Oldham Athletic as he did as a player. You can see that within how he manages his players and how he sends his team out to play."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... PREPARATIONS FOR THE RUN-IN

"It's been a good week this week because it's allowed us to get some rest into the players who needed it. The minutes have really topped up over a short number of days.

"This time of year is purely about preparation tactically and freshness over fitness. There are different groups to be managed around the squad and it's important that everyone's game time is topped up.

"We're heading into a month when we'll be playing a game more or less every time we open our eyes, which for us is a good thing."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... SQUAD FITNESS

"The players will be the first to say it, they realise how hard our medical staff Andrew (Procter) and Nick (Meace) work alongside myself, Anthony (Barry) and the gaffer.

"The lads look after themselves very well. If we can keep a fully fit squad in this run-in then we'll have a very good go at it."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... SQUAD MENTALITY

"It's great and it's easy to manage. It can go different ways at other clubs when you have a big, competitive squad, but we've got lads out of the squad who are desperate for the boys in the squad to do well and that's a good path to be on.

"In my opinion and the manager's opinion, it's the lads who aren't playing who need looking after the most. It will be their turn at some point in this run-in and they'll want the same support. It's important to build that mentality around the club and thankfully we've got that. The lads have been a pleasure to work with."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... THE 12TH MAN

"This time of the year is when we need the support the most. We genuinely do need that 12th man and sometimes it can be underestimated how important fans can be for the players.

"It's not cheap to watch football nowadays, certainly if you're bringing your kids and you buy a couple of programmes, some drinks and your dinner. If they're as expensive as my kids, then it's not cheap at all.

"The lads truly appreciate the support, it was obvious to see at Bury last Saturday with the celebrations for the goals and at the end of the game.

"We had over 2,000 fans there and it was important to put on a performance and get the result for them. Hopefully it will be no different in the run-in, because we really do appreciate them."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON... THE EASTER WEEKEND

"We've got to manage both games (Oldham and Portsmouth), so the travelling aspect of the second game does come into the preparation, but if you're routinely organised like we are, then things should be fine.

"The lads are lucky because at this club they get looked after very well in terms of nutrition and travel.

"We try to get the boys in the best shape possible mentally and physically for the games."

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