Assistant manager speaks to the press ahead of Saturday's local derby with Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium.
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Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson says Latics’ players are aware of the importance of Saturday’s local derby with Bolton Wanderers and what three points at the University of Bolton Stadium would mean to the club’s supporters.
Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton, Richardson said:
“I think for the fans and the players derby matches are exciting, especially if the game is addressed in the right way with good play, tempo and high spirit. The players are aware this is a derby and it means that bit more to the fans.
“We expect a really tough test tomorrow; Phil’s teams are always set up really strong and they have some very good players in their squad.
“It will be up to us to impose ourselves on the game and it will be more of the same from Wednesday through to Saturday.”
And tiredness from Wednesday night’s win over Blackburn Rovers isn’t something Latics can allow to creep in, Richardson added:
“I think the lads worked tirelessly to get a positive result on Wednesday in a local derby and that was always going to be pleasing,” Richardson explained.
“It is a really tough league and you have to fight and earn every single point and that is what the lads are trying to do. Wednesday was not only a good result but a good performance.
“It is now a really quick turnaround for us now from Wednesday, especially with Bolton playing Tuesday, but we will take it day by day and the lads will be fully ready and focused.”