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"WE'VE MORE THAN STOOD OUR GROUND AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST TEAMS AT HOME." - KAL NAISMITH

2 November 2018

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After scoring his first goal for the club against Sheffield United last weekend, Kal Naismith is keen to contribute to Latics' impressive home form against Leeds United.

  • Programme Interview: Kal Naismith is our feature chat in the latest edition of the official Wigan Athletic match day programme.
  • Naismith delighted to be off the mark and insists Latics will turn away form around.
  • Midfielder looking to contribute to Latics' unbeaten home run against Leeds United.

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Speaking for the match day programme ahead of Sunday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United at the DW Stadium, midfielder Kal Naismith sat down at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton to discuss his start to life at the club, his first goal for the club last weekend against Sheffield United and how he's ready to contribute to Latics' impressive home run.

You can read an excerpt from Kal's interview or listen to him on the latest episode of Latics Listen, the official Wigan Athletic podcast.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS HEADING INTO SUNDAY'S GAME AGAINST LEEDS UNITED?

“I’m excited. There are many games you look forward to in this division, but for me, with it being my first season in the division, these are the games I want to be playing in and hopefully it’ll be a good game.

“We’ve played a lot of the top teams here and we’ve got the best home form in the league. It just shows what were capable of, especially considering the other teams in this division. It’s credit to us, we’ve done well here and we want to try and continue that today.

“Leeds have started the season strongly and rightfully so they’re up there with the favourites in the division, so we know we’ll be tested, but we’ve played top teams like West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City at the DW already this season and more than stood our ground.”

TEAMS OFTEN CAME TO FRUSTRATE US LAST SEASON AND YOU WITNESSED THAT FIRST HAND WHEN YOU PLAYED FOR PORTSMOUTH, HOW HAS THAT CHANGED THIS SEASON?

“I remember playing here last season for Portsmouth and we had all eleven players behind the ball for most of the game, but the games are different as teams will want to come here and express themselves but that’s good for us as it makes it competitive, with the fans behind us we’ve proved that we can give anyone a game here.”

THERE SEEMS TO BE A FINE LINE BETWEEN VICTORY AND DEFEAT FOR US ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON, HOW DO YOU ASSESS IT?

“There’s only been a small difference between winning and losing.

“Unfortunately, that’s football sometimes for you. At the beginning of the week we beat West Brom and then against Millwall, if Josh (Windass) scores his penalty then it’s a completely different story, we would’ve been going into the weekend full of confidence with six points out of six.

“I thought we did well at the weekend, we created a lot of chances, but things never really went for us, it’s just tiny little margins in this league that make the difference and we need to take them.”

YOU SCORED YOUR FIRST GOAL LAST WEEKEND AND ALTHOUGH IT CAME IN A DEFEAT, IT MUST HAVE FELT NICE TO GET OFF THE MARK?

“It was great to get the goal for the team and me on a personal level, but I’m gutted for Gary Roberts that he got the injury at Sheffield United because the week before that he was outstanding. It was a good moment for me to get my first goal in the Championship and it felt good at the time.

“Every team in this division is strong, especially Sheffield United, but we have a good group of players. I haven’t been selected as much at the start of the season, but, it’s a long season and I’ve got to stick with it and keep working hard.

“I like to believe that I’m ready and fit enough, so that when I get my chance I can help the team and make an impact on the pitch.”

HOW HAVE YOU SETTLED INTO LIFE AT THE CLUB AFTER YOUR MOVE UP NORTH FROM PORTSMOUTH?

“It’s been really good for me so far; the lads are excellent and it’s a very good group of players and I’ve loved it so far.

“Me and my partner had a baby just as we moved up here, so at the time of moving everything in my life was exciting and everything is perfect for me at the moment.

“I like to try and have a laugh whenever I can off the pitch and enjoy every moment, but when it comes to the pitch that’s when you have to be serious and do your best for the club.”

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