After the narrow defeat to Leeds United at the DW last weekend, Dan Burn is hoping the team can return to winning ways this weekend as Latics face a trip to Middlesbrough on the defender’s return to the North-East.
- Preview: Dan Burn looks ahead to Latics' trip to Middlesbrough.
- North-East native Burn reflects on his time at the club under Whelan family ownership.
- Burn looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at the Riverside Stadium.
Defender Dan Burn sat down at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton to discuss his upcoming return to the North-East, the defeat to Leeds United and his respects towards the Whelan family after 23 years of ownership.
A RETURN TO THE NORTH-EAST FOR YOU THIS SATURDAY, HOW ARE YOU FEELING HEADING INTO THE GAME AGAINST MIDDLESBROUGH?
“I’m looking forward to it. There aren’t many teams up there now in the EFL, so it will be nice to go up there with it being so close to home, obviously they’re right up there so it will be a tough game for us, but one we’re looking forward too.
“They have some good players who can hurt you and change the game, so we need to be focused and ready, hopefully with that we can improve our away record and start getting some more points on the board.”
HOW ARE THE TEAM FEELING AHEAD OF THEIR PREPARATION ON SATURDAY?
“The mood is strong, we can only improve on our last three results and I think we’ve been unlucky. If you look at last season, we didn’t lose many games and obviously we’ve taken a step up this season so it’s a lot harder to adapt both physically and technically.
“It’s disappointing to lose our last three games, but we’re confident we won’t make it four, it’s a tough place to go and we have to respect the quality they have but we have a good squad, so we have the belief that we can go there and get a result and hopefully the hard work from this week will pay off.”
THE LAST TIME YOU PLAYED AT THE RIVERSIDE YOU LOST 2-0 WHEN YOU WERE AT FULHAM, YOU MUST BE EVEN MORE DETERMINED TO RECTIFY THAT STAT TOO?
“Of course, I don’t think I have a very good record up there for the amount of times I’ve been there.
“Regardless, we’ll go there and know the style of football they play and the fact that they’ve got some very good players and we’ve been working hard all week to assess that.
“I think a win going into the international break will pick us up again after a little bit of a low time this last few weeks, but hopefully we can make a good start in the game and perform like we did earlier on in the season.”
IT SEEMED TO BE FINE MARGINS IN THE DEFEAT TO LEEDS UNITED, SO WE HAVE TO TAKE THE POSITIVES AGAINST A VERY GOOD TEAM?
“Exactly, you look at the game against Sheffield United too and we weren’t that far off and I think they’re the best two teams we’ve played this season.
“It’s individual errors that are costing us at the moment, so those are the fine margins that seem to be the difference. The first couple of months we were flying and picking up the results that we needed and we’re not far off that, we just need to make sure every player puts in the performance that we need to get the win.”
IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL DAY FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED AT THE CLUB IN THE WHELAN FAMILY’S LAST GAME AFTER AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEW OWNERSHIP GOING FORWARD?
“We’re looking forward to it. We have to say a big thanks to the owners and the chairman, especially David Sharpe, who gave me a chance from Fulham and hopefully I’ve done enough to repay them and the loyalty they instilled in me.
“I haven’t met any of the new owners, but it’s a positive move that will help the club to move forward in it’s next stage, to push on and hopefully fulfil their ambitions of becoming a Premier League team, so it’s only positives that we can take from the change.”
YOU WILL BE SEEING A FAIMILIAR FACE ON SATURDAY, CRAIG LIDDLE, WHO GAVE YOU YOUR DEBUT FOR DARLINGTON, WILL IT BE NICE TO SEE HIM?
“I haven’t seen him for a long time, he started it all off for me and oversaw my progression for the youth team, so I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help. It’ll be nice to see him and have a catch-up, I’ll look forward to it.”