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WATCH: LEAM RICHARDSON ON WALSALL, SOUTHAMPTON, NICK POWELL AND SAMY MORSY

20 March 2018

Latics assistant manager Leam Richardson previews the trip to Walsall.

  • WATCH: Leam Richardson looks ahead to Latics' Sky Bet League One clash with Walsall.
  • Assistant manager speaks about the Emirates FA Cup, Nick Powell and Samy Morsy.
  • Latics travel to Walsall's Banks's Stadium on Wednesday evening.

LEAM RICHARDSON ON THE FA CUP

"Our lads were excellent on Sunday. The cup is what it is, but the bread and butter of the league is our priority and it's always been at the forefront of our minds."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON THE RUN-IN

"It's important to always concentrate on yourself. Come may you all play the same amount of games, so it doesn't matter at this stage that we've got three games in hand over Blackburn and two over Shrewsbury. Our focus is on each game as a single fixture and collecting three points.

"Our focus has never changed from that despite the many cup competitions we've been involved in. We've got an amount of points in mind that will possibly get us up, but we have to aim to get maximum points from the remaining games."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON MOVING ON FROM THE CUP

"It wasn't a massive disappointment because our lads have been excellent, not just on Sunday, but in the previous games as well to get us to the quarter final of the competition.

"Going through to play at Wembley is what we wanted, but our focus has always been on the league, so we're in no need to lick our wounds."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON WALSALL PREPARATION AND SAMY MORSY'S ABSENCE

"With the fixtures now at two per week it's all about the recovery rather than anything else. We'll certainly keep energy on the pitch and play at the intensity that we like playing at.

"Samy being away is a great opportunity for other players to come in, that's why we have the squad here. For Samy it's fantastic and fingers crossed he'll make the World Cup squad and have a big impact in the competition, because he really deserves that.

"If you've worked or played with Samy you know he prepares properly and doesn't leave a breath out on the pitch. He lives his life through football, so to get an accolade like an international call-up is great for Samy."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON NICK POWELL

"Nick's next match will be his 100th for the club. To be a great servant for any club, like quite a few of our players in the squad, is good, especially when you have a player of the calibre that Nick is and long may that continue.

"I'm not going to say anything that other people don't say about Nick. I've worked with him for a number of months now and he's always impressive. We test each other in a coach-player bond and that's what brings the best out of Nick sometimes."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON WALSALL TEST AND DEAN KEATES

"It's tough to prepare when a new manager comes in. We had it on Sunday with Mark Hughes going in at Southampton and now Dean has come in at Walsall.

"There are certain aspects of the game that you can't prepare for because you don't know how the manager is going to mould his new group of players.

"What you can do is concentrate on yourself and make sure that you carry out your abilities and duties."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON LATICS' TRAVELLING SUPPORT

"Both home and away the fans have been top class this year and they know the importance of this time of year.

"Their support is a must because it gives the lads an extra man on the pitch and I'm sure they'll turn out in their numbers from now until the end of the season whether it's home or away.

"It's not cheap to watch football these days, so myself, the manager and the players all really appreciate every supporter that buys a ticket."

LEAM RICHARDSON ON PROMOTION EXPERIENCE

"In any walk of life you draw on past experiences and thankfully we've had plenty of promotion experience within the squad and the staff.

"We've all had disappointments in the past as well, so you want to put what you learn into practice and not get carried away. At the moment we don't look anywhere past Walsall and our full focus is on the game."


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