Assistant manager Leam Richardson talks to the local press ahead of Latics' DW Stadium clash with Leeds United.
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Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Thursday morning, assistant manager Leam Richardson took time out of his busy schedule to preview Sunday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United at the DW Stadium.
“It’s a great fixture. I’m sure they’ll bring plenty of travelling fans so it’ll make for a good atmosphere and fingers crossed a good game.
“With family and many friends supporting Leeds United I’m sure there’ll be a split in our household but hopefully we can get a good result at the weekend.
“Already we’ve seen the challenges and the intensity the Championship throws at you, and Sunday will be no different. I’ve managed to watch Leeds quite a few times this year against different opposition and the intensity they play at and with is very good, so for our lads I’m sure they’ll look forward to it and it’ll be a good test for them."
LR on Sheffield United defeat
“Barring individual errors I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and it could have easily been a different result, but there were a lot of things post-match that the coaching staff looked at to try and be more educational for next time.
“It’s really fine margins in this league and I think you’ll see that in the points because only a few points split 10 to 12 teams, and in most games we’ve had our chances to go ahead and possibly win games, but it’s a process and something we’re learning and becoming stronger at."
LR on his impressions of the Championship
“It’s exactly what I thought it’d be. It’s very good and every single team throws up its own test, and certainly our lads are up for the test and are working tirelessly not just in the games but throughout the week as well. They want to be in this league and test themselves against the best players.
“Regardless of what league you’re in, you constantly try and re-evaluate yourself for next time, and certainly that’s what the manager and myself have done over the past eight or nine years. We want to be at the highest level possible and we’re not finished yet."
LR on home and away form
“At the end of the season you’ll get a certain amount of points home and away, and people may try and make statistics but you can dissect it how you want, we’ll be where we deserve to be."
LR on Marcelo Bielsa
“I’ve got a few friends that play for Leeds, the likes of Liam Cooper who I speak to quite a bit, and certainly the press that he has and the training regime he’s put forward seems very good. It’s no secret that a lot of big managers have spoken really well about him and it’s not surprise that they’ve been quite strong from the beginning. They were breathtaking against Stoke in the first game of the season and they’ve continued that, but we’ll be a match for them."
LR on Leeds’ defensive injuries
“It’s a benefit to any team when the opposition are missing a couple of their starters, but Leeds have got a good squad so whoever comes in for them will be capable."
LR on team news
“We’re assessing our injured players daily so we’ll certainly have a meeting later today and see how everyone has progressed."