Former Latics, Reading and Blackburn Rovers striker on the latest episode of Latics Listen.
- Latics Listen 29 - Jason Roberts in the Latics Rewind hot seat.
- Roberts played for both of Latics' next opposition, Reading FC and Blackburn Rovers.
- Former striker now Director of Development at CONCACAF.
Listen to Jason's interview from 41:00 in episode 29 of our podcast.
Here's an excerpt from Roberts' chat, with focus on Latics' clash with Reading, his time at both clubs and a look ahead to Tuesday's visit to Blackburn Rovers.
We’re looking ahead to a busy week with Reading and Blackburn Rovers to come, but you will have a fond memory playing for all three?
“The atmosphere that was created by Paul Jewell and the players was something special, the personalities were great, we felt we could take anyone on with regards to our attacking prowess.
“The relationship I had with Wigan and Nathan (Ellington) and going on to Blackburn with the partnerships of Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy, I really enjoyed playing there.
“Brian McDermott allowed me to fall back in love with football again at Reading, helping me get back to a time where it was a united dressing room and moving in the same direction.
“They were three very special clubs to me, but none of it would have been possible without the opportunity given to me by Mr Whelan and Paul Jewell and the success we had at the club.”
It must have been special for you scoring against Reading in our promotion to the Championship and scoring on your final game for the club against Blackburn Rovers?
“That game for Wigan against Reading was a game that we could have played it ten times and we would have won it ten times because we were that motivated and confident.
“We had such a comradery amongst the players, Paul Jewell would leave me alone to get on with my job and give me direction with others.
“We were 4-4-2 most of the way through the season and we had most of the same players week in week out, but that game against Reading was special, we were so focused on our jobs and we knew exactly what we were doing.
“In the end, scoring the second goal and getting Wigan Athletic to the Premier League was one of the best things I’ve ever done in football.”
Looking forward to the Blackburn game on Tuesday, it’s gathered abit of a rivalry and a game that every player wants to play in?
“I think Blackburn have really turned a corner under Tony Mowbray, I think he’s putting in place a good style of play with good players and they’ve been dangerous this season.
“It almost becomes a derby in regards to the way both teams have been up and down the divisions, but I’m sure the Wigan players want to claim the bragging rights.
“I feel that they’ve showed their quality in parts this season and I’m hopeful that they will be able to get the win.”