Latics' assistant manager happy to send supporters home with a positive result and a glimpse
- iFollow Latics - Leam Richardson post Birmingham City.
- Assistant manager says Latics were unfortunate not to claim all three points at St. Andrew's.
- Richardson on league debuts for Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir.
Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's final away game of the season, a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City at St. Andrew's, assistant manager Leam Richardson began by thanking supporters for their backing up and down the country this season.
"Firstly I'd like to thank all of the supporters who've travelled away all year, I'm sure they'll be on the same page as us.
"We've had some tough luck on the road, so it's nice to finish with two strong results for our away following and overall a strong finish to the season."
The hosts took the lead within the opening two minutes of the game through Lukas Jutkiewicz, but Latics responded with an excellent first half performance. Richardson continued:
"You expect a fast start from Birmingham and it's a tough place to come. They've got a good manager and a good team, but our lads responded really well and took control of the first half.
"We were unlucky not to go in front and there were a couple of big decisions, but we thoroughly deserved to be level going into half time."
On Latics' performances as the season comes to a close, Richardson added:
"It's a long season and you normally end up finishing where you deserve to. We did suffer with a few injuries in the middle of the season, but our lads have stuck at it and they've always believed that they're good enough.
"They've stuck together and there haven't been any fallings out. They've had their heads down every time they come back in after a game and worked hard to go again.
"We're looking to finish our season strongly and the lads deserve great credit for sticking at it all year.
"The last two times we've been in the division we've been relegated and that's unlucky for the club, but this year everyone has worked hard and deserved this.
On league debuts for England Under 17 duo Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir in the second half, Richardson said:
"It was great to be able to give Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir their league debuts. They've been performing well for England at their level and within our own youth team, so it's great to see them out there and congratulations to the pair of them. Fingers crossed we can see more players coming through as well.
"It's important for young people to see a pathway through no matter what industry they're involved in. The lads work hard and they've got that pathway through the work Gregor (Rioch), Chaddy (Nick Chadwick) and Peter Murphy and all of the other staff at the Academy put in tirelessly at Christopher Park.
"The manager has always been open to including young players, he doesn't duck out of any challenges. It's good that we've come to a tough place like Birmingham and given the young lads a chance to educate themselves about first team football."