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2 October 2018

Leam Richardson happy with another point in the Sky Bet Championship as Latics made it 13 unbeaten at home in league fixtures.

  • Reaction: Leam Richardson reflects on Latics' 0-0 draw with Swansea City.
  • Latics battled to keep the Swans out and almost clinched it late on through Will Grigg.
  • Richardson and Latics excited to make trip to Preston North End with more than 3,500 supporters.

Speaking to iFollow Latics following his side's 0-0 draw with Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship, assistant manager Leam Richardson said he was proud of the point in a battling display at the DW Stadium against a strong Swansea side.

"We're really proud of the point. It's so clear to see how good a side Swansea are.

"It was a great game for the neutral tonight with two teams trying to win. Both teams created a lot of chances and put testing crosses into the box, so on reflection we're pleased with a point.

"It was a very good 0-0. You know you're going to have to defend properly against Graham Potter's team because they move you about and their rotation is excellent.

"Their spells of possession weren't a suprise because we knew exactly what they'd come here to do. They rotate and they can switch formation at any given moment, coupled with the quality they've got after their recent relegation from the Premier League, you know you're in for a game."

Latics came within inches of clinching all three points when substitute Will Grigg saw his close range effort denied by the Kristoffer Nordfeldt's toe late on, but Richardson insists it's still an encouraging sight to see.

"It's a fantastic save. Will Grigg preys on weakness from defenders and as management staff you're always happy when your striker gets into those positions. He's there to miss, which is still encouraging because nine out of ten times Will scores those."

One man who didn't make it for the clash with the Swans was captain Samy Morsy, but it's nothing serious as Richardson explained:

"Samy felt something in his back and his hamstrings, but it's nothing serious. He had a long campaign last season, went straight into the World Cup and came back into an intense league with very little rest, so between ourselves and Samy we felt it was the right decision to give him a rest."

It's Preston North End at Deepdale for Latics this Saturday and with more than 3,500 supporters expected to make the trip, Richardson says the players are excited for what promises to be an excellent atmosphere.

"We've got an incredible following going to Preston at the weekend and the lads have been talking about it in the dressing room. Fingers crossed it can be a good game, a spectacle and three points for our travelling fans.

"You can't underestimate our fans and we can't praise them enough because when they're as vocal as they can be it doesn't half help the lads, they feed off it.

"They'll be in full voice on Saturday and it will certainly help towards the performance."

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