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WATCH: LEAM RICHARDSON ON: SWANSEA CITY, TEAM NEWS AND SAMY MORSY

1 October 2018

Latics' assistant manager Leam Richardson previews Tuesday night's Sky Bet Championship clash with Swansea City at the DW Stadium.

  • Watch: Leam Richardson's Swansea City preview.
  • Latics' assistant manager with the latest from the Wigan Athletic Training Centre.
  • Richardson on captain Samy Morsy ahead of his 300th career appearance.

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Monday morning ahead of Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash with Swansea City on Tuesday evening at the DW Stadium, assistant manager Leam Richardson took time out of his busy schedule to preview the fixture against Graham Potter's Swans.

Leam Richardson on two fixtures this week

"It's not secret how tough this division is and we come across new challenges every single day.

"We're working tirelessly to get positive results and fingers crossed we can continue that against Swansea City.

"You have to enjoy the challenges and adapt to the difficulties of each league. We're doing well so far and we're looking forward to each test as it comes."

Leam Richardson on team news

"We've been without a few players over the last couple of weeks, but that's why we've got a strong squad.

"It's a very tight knit group and we all want each other to do well which is a great headache for the management team to have.

"Callum McManaman and Will Grigg are back available as they were at the weekend, but we've got a number of players determined to get into the team and do well for each other.

"Dan Burn is desperate to get back, he's worked tirelessly with the physios since he got the injury. He was back out on the grass last week.

"Dan did so well last season and that prompted the move he's got, but he's certainly determined to get back in amongst our lads and help the club."

Leam Richardson on home fixtures

"It's important to set solid foundations at home. If your home form is strong and you can marry that up with points on the road then we'll finish in a strong position.

"The manager likes us to play in entertaining games. He wants us to be on the front foot and he's desperate for the lads to do well and give everything for the club, something they're doing and will continue to do all season.

"We're still learning. We're learning about the league, about each other and about how we can continue to move forward. If we can replicate the first five home games over the next five then we'd be made up.

"We're not silly and we won't be getting ahead of ourselves because we take each game in isolation."

Leam Richardson on Swansea City

"They're a good team and their volume of passing is high in every game. They've got quality players all over the pitch and a philosophy that they stick to really well.

"It's going to be a tough challenge, but we have to focus on picking up the points ourselves."

Leam Richardson on Samy Morsy ahead of his 300th career appearance

"It's been a pleasure to work with Samy. Wherever Samy has played you can see what he gives to the club, not just on a match day, but as a person. In training he wants to win everything he takes part in, whether that's head tennis, two-touch, training in general or small-sided games, he's just that type of lad.

"As a captain you don't have to be an old-fashioned shouter, you can set your own standards and mentality within the group which is exactly what Sam does.

"He's a student of the game. He's obsessed with getting better each day by watching the opposition and picking out the fine margins he can exploit."

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