Lee Evans talks; first Wales start, returning to a buoyant Latics camp and how the team must maintain their home form during the run-in.
- Latics Listen 31 - Lee Evans.
- Wales midfielder says Latics are back refreshed and rejuvenated, but was happy to be away for the boxing sessions...
- First Wales start gave Evans 'immense pride'.
Speaking for the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, midfielder Lee Evans said it's been a very positive two weeks; arriving for Wales' internationals off the back of Latics' 5-2 win against Bolton Wanderers, making his first international start against Trinidad and Tobago and returning to the training centre to prepare for another home fixture against Brentford FC this Saturday.
The mood around Latics’ camp seems to have been really healthy all season, but especially after the win against Bolton and a good fortnight for the group to recover and plan ahead?
“I’ve seen them boxing in the internet and I've got to say I was happy to be in my hotel room. You're not going near Chey Dunkley based on those boxing videos, so part of me is glad I wasn't there.
"The way the lads have trained, especially on that day at the boxing, shows there’s a good mood around the camp following on from the Bolton win.
“We know we now need to follow that up with a couple of results to get us out of the position we find ourselves in at the moment.”
We find ourselves three points above the relegation zone and the destiny seems to be in our own hands going into the final few games of the season?
“We’re in a good place, but we know we’ve got some massive games coming up and we need to match that with a few big results and I’m sure we will get away from trouble as soon as possible.
“There’s a lot of confidence around the camp, but we know every game in this League is tough, but we’ve got a chance to put that right against Brentford on Saturday.
“We know our home form is going to be massive for us, but Brentford are a very good team on their day so it’s going to be a tough game for us.”
The contrast from last season’s away form to this season must feel like such a big difference to the players?
“I don’t think many people can put their finger on it as to why it hasn’t quite clicked for us, it’s been a tough one to take.
“Some performances have been unacceptable, but we need to try and put that out of our minds and take each game as it comes and hopefully, we can do enough to stay safe in the League.
“Every game is a cup final now, but we need to look ahead to Brentford and try and take three points from them.”
Making your first senior start for Wales must have been a proud occasion for you?
“It’s something I’ll look back on when I finish with immense pride, I had a couple of family members watching me too, so it’s a night I’ll never forget.
“I could have played a little bit better, but it was always going to be a tough game against Trinidad & Tobago, they had a lot of men behind the ball, so it was a night where we had to be patient and we eventually got out reward in the end.
"It was good for the fans from North Wales to have it there, it was a good occasion at Wrexham for the fans to be able to watch a national team on their doorstep.”
What's it been like working under the management of Ryan Giggs?
“As a player he speaks for himself, the career he had with Manchester United was exceptional and obviously now he’s just started as a manager.
"I enjoyed the sessions, the tempo was really good, and it was also good for me to get away for a week, train with the players and get another 90 minutes of football under my belt.
“He (Ryan) was an idol for a lot of the squad growing up and to have him ten yards in front of you on the training ground is a surreal moment, but it’s one I can hopefully get used to.”