Assistant manager full of praise for Latics after their 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.
- WATCH: Leam Richardson says Latics earned their local derby win over Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night
- Richardson praises Callum McManaman, Josh Windass and Latics’ battling qualities after win over Rovers
- Richardson: “It was close to a complete performance; I am made up for the lads because we were playing a good team in Blackburn Rovers.”
Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson says Latics earned their local derby win over Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night by displaying all of the battling qualities needed to win a clash against our north west rivals.
Speaking post-match with iFollow Latics, Richardson said:
“It was close to a complete performance; I am made up for the lads because we were playing a good team in Blackburn Rovers. Tony Mowbray’s sides never really give you anything for free and we had to work for everything tonight.
“You are only as strong as your weakest link and the lads that come in have to do the job that the others do and everyone on the pitch, the subs and the lads in the dressing room are all made up for each other.
“It is a tough league, we have seen that already and the injuries have crept up on us. We are up against top teams, top players and top managers and it is relentless.
“It was a local derby and first and foremost you have to win your headers, your tackles and your races. I thought we were probably found wanting the other week at Preston but tonight we weren’t and I thought we earned every goal tonight.”
Josh Windass won the penalty – which was converted by James Vaughan – for Latics’ second goal before laying on the assist for Callum McManaman’s third.
Windass, who replaced Nick Powell as a first-half substitute due to an injury to the latter, came in for praise from Richardson.
“We lost one lad who has quality in Nick Powell but we have Josh Windass – who is new to the club and still finding his way – and he comes on and performs like that, which is what we are looking for,” Richardson explained.
“It is infectious for the back lads when you see the likes of Josh closing down and pressing, the only thing they can do is follow suit and I thought we did that in abundance tonight.”
McManaman’s strike was his first since returning to the club in the summer and, despite limited first team opportunities, Richardson says the winger’s efforts are testament to his character.
“I have to give great praise to Callum McManaman because he has kept his head down, trained great every single day, he loves the club and when you get chances like that in a team like this one, all you have to do is stick it in the back of the net and I thought he did that,” Richardson said.