Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson delighted with his side's effort as they beat Rotherham United 1-0 to climb to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.
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- Richardson: “If we keep a good, healthy squad together and keep picking the wins up then we could create something.”
Wigan Athletic assistant manager Leam Richardson was delighted Latics managed to edge out Rotherham United at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
James Vaughan’s first league goal of the season earned Latics a 1-0 win and Richardson was pleased with another home win as our 2018 record on our own patch remained strong.
“It was nice to be back in front of our home crowd and I thought the performance was very good, very controlled,” Richardson said.
“We expected Rotherham to give us a good game and they did for periods of the second-half but, credit to our lads, they dug in, defended well and thankfully we got the win.”
Callum McManaman and Vaughan made an impact from the bench, linking up for the winner, and Richardson praised the squad mentality of Paul Cook’s group.
“The squad is strong in our opinion,” Richardson added. “Everybody is champing to play and nobody is more conscious of that than me and the gaffer. Thankfully, today, the lads that come off the bench were involved in the winning goal.
“The squad gets stretched and you have seen that in last week with Crackers [Michael Jacobs] and Gavin Massey coming off through the week. Josh Windass and Callum Connolly have come in and done a great job, though, so it was about the squad today and even the lads that didn’t get on the pitch are high fiving the lads and that is what it is all about.
“A good team doesn’t win leagues, but a good squad takes you a long way to doing that and last year was no different. Who knows? If we keep a good, healthy squad together and keep picking the wins up then we could create something.”
Latics recorded their second clean sheet of the campaign in the win over the Millers and Richardson added that it is important to work from a solid base in the Sky Bet Championship.
“I think the lads did well enough to earn the clean sheet; they worked tirelessly and, despite the clean sheet, the worse result for us today would have been 0-0 and thankfully we got a goal to win the game,” Richardson explained.
“We set up to try and win and to try and entertain and we have got the three points today so we are made up.
“It was no secret we wanted to bring Christian Walton back and straight away from last year I thought he ticked a lot of boxes for us. Another clean sheet today will give him confidence; he come for a lot of crosses near the end when they were bombarding our box with long throws and free-kicks and I thought, as a group, the lads stood tall and handled the test.”