Assistant manager Leam Richardson looks ahead to Latics' Emirates FA Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion.
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- "The FA Cup brings its own special moments." - Leam Richardson.
- Assistant manager on Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey.
LR ON THE FA CUP
"The FA Cup always brings its own special moments. People look at the fixture and get excited because of what it might bring and fingers crossed it'll be a good spectacle.
"Last year holds great memories for our fans and certainly winning the competition does as well. It was great to go as far as we did last year by beating the teams we did."
LR ON WEST BROMWICH ALBION AND TEAM NEWS
"The two games we've played against them already have been really competitive. With the way Darren (Moore) sets up his team it'll be open and expansive and we'll be trying to do the same.
"It's the FA Cup and we want to win, so we'll field as strong a team as possible as we feel will win the game.
"We have a few players being monitored daily because it's been a tough Christmas period with all of the travelling.
"It's very encouraging to have Powelly and Crackers out training. It's been no secret that we've struggled with injuries. The lads have been working hard to get back and they've been supporting those who are playing.
"You always miss players being in the squad, certainly at this level. As a newly promoted team you need all of your best players and that's evident with the challenges we've faced. The quicker we have a fully fit squad to choose from the better.
"It's disappointing for Gavin. He's been out for a long time and he worked so hard to get back. It'll be weeks rather than months this time."
LR ON JANUARY TRANSFER ACTIVITY
"It's important that we try to improve. Even when the window is closed you're always actively looking to try and strengthen your club and that will be no different over the next three or four weeks.