Assistant Manager Leam Richardson runs the rule over Latics' opening pre-season fixture, a 7-1 victory at Chester FC.
- iFollow Latics | Leam Richardson on Latics' 7-1 win at Chester FC.
- Joe Garner scored a hat-trick in Latics' first pre-season fixture.
- Josh Windass, Kal Naismith, Callum Lang and Charlie Jolley also hit the target.
Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Swansway Chester Stadium following his side's 7-1 pre-season victory against Chester FC, assistant manager Leam Richardson focused more on the application and work ethic of the squad, as opposed to the standout score line.
"It's the first pre-season game for us and all of the lads got a good 45 minutes out of it," Richardson began.
"Fingers crossed we've come out of the other side unscathed with no injuries and we're back in tomorrow to train again.
"The appetite and application from the lads was fantastic. Fair play to Chester because they kept coming at us which made for a good game with plenty of goals and our lads will be pleased with that.
"Since the boys came back for pre-season their work ethic has been excellent and it's another good day of work ticked off heading towards the start of the season.
"First and second half everyone did well, the young lads were smashing and the senior pros set a standard and work ethic which everyone followed."
Striker Joe Garner came off the bench to feature in Latics' second half team, scoring almost instantly and following it up with a quick-fire hat-trick, but there was no match ball for the front man...
"Garns was trying to take the ball at the end, but he's not allowed it, we need them for training," Richardson joked.
With pre-season now quickly gaining momentum, Richardson looked ahead to Tuesday night's trip to AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.
"It's been a good start to pre-season following on from our training camp in Spain. It is what it is really, it's hard work and you get your head down when you're training, then you rest and reful correctly.
"There's no easy way around pre-season and when the games come, it begins to get more tactical than physical for the lads which creates good progression.
"We're looking forward to doing it all again at Fylde on Tuesday with more emphasis on how we're going to be tactically heading into the games after that."
After scoring the game's opening goal, forward Josh Windass was replaced by last season's Academy top goal scorer Charlie Jolley, for what Richardson explained was a precautionary measure.
"Josh (Windass) coming off was just a precaution. He's been working hard and felt something in the first half, but it was purely precautionary so that we could assess him properly and cut out any risk."