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COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF: JEAN BEAUSEJOUR

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15:00 30th July 2013

by Nick Taylor

Our second installment ahead of the big Championship kick off focuses on Jean Beausejour as he shares his previous experiences.

The Championship is a more recently familiar division for Jean Beausejour than most of the Wigan Athletic squad having played for Birmingham City in the 2011/12 campaign.

He played 22 games that season before moving to Latics in the 2012 January transfer window and the 29-year-old thinks that from his observations of the league Latics have the right qualities for success.

“I know the division and it’s a hard one to play in,” said the Chilean midfielder.

“It’s a long season so we cannot afford to get ahead of ourselves because that is when thing go wrong.

“The quality that we have is what we’ll use to get us through this season as well as a fighting spirit.”

Quality was a buzz word for Beausejour and he added that Latics will have to work extra hard to distinguish themselves from a very competitive division.

“It’s very different in the Championship to the Premier League because every team is as strong as each of the other teams.

“Every team in the division has quality but what I saw last time is that the teams who approach the game in a different way and with extra quality do the best.

“If we can work hard and use the quality we know we have then I think we will do well.”

When Beausejour suffered relegation with Birmingham in 2010/11, he went on to play in the Europa League the season after while in the Championship as a result of the Blues’ League Cup victory over Arsenal and he believes that a good start in the league can be crucial for teams in this situation.

“It’s very important to have a good start in the league.

“The games begin to come fast once the Europa League starts and we need to make sure we have 100% concentration on each game, so a good start in the league will allow us to do that.

“We have a lot of focus on the Championship this season because the main aim is to win promotion.”

You can read our first Countdown to Kick Off article with Lee Nicholls by [clicking here] and there will be three more editions with Jordi Gomez, Callum McManaman and Marc-Antoine Fortune.

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