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PERCH EXCITED FOR LEAGUE RETURN

James Perch was one of seven making a debut and locked Barnsley out in central defence.

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17:31 11th September 2013

by Nick Taylor

James Perch raring to go as Championship football returns following the international break.

While five of Latics’ first team players featured for their countries in international fixtures, James Perch and the rest of the Latics squad had the chance to keep up the hard work at the club’s Christopher Park training ground.

Perch admitted a small break has done the players good but now they’re ready to get right back into the action.

He said:

“It’s always good to have a bit of a rest just to re-charge the batteries after a busy start to the season.

“We’re only a few games in but we’ve had some hard games so it’s been good to just rebuild ourselves.

“We’ve had a couple of good days training now with a couple more to go and hopefully we can arrive for the game against Leicester on Saturday with high spirits and put in a performance that can get us a win.”

Latics went into the international break on the back of a 2-1 home victory against Nottingham Forest, a result which Perch says the team will be looking to build on, despite it being two weeks on Saturday since the previous match.

“Sometimes you don’t want the international break when you’re coming from a win because you want to keep going.

“Last time out we had a great result and we haven’t forgot that and I think we’re the type of characters who can pick the momentum back up despite the break.”

Speaking about this Saturday’s opponents Leicester City, Perch added:

“They’re a team full of quality players and they only just missed out on promotion last season in the play-offs.

“They looked like they were going to go up automatically at one stage so we’re aware of how well they can perform.

“Playing a side like Leicester just after the international break means we definitely have to be on our toes because if not then we won’t get the result we want.”

Leicester’s Wes Morgan was a team mate of Perch’s during their time at Forest and Latics’27-year-old defender says he is just one of a number of players to watch out for.

“I’ve known Wes (Morgan) for years having played with him at (Nottingham) Forest and he’s one of a lot of players who have real quality in that team.

“He’s a great player himself and he’ll be tough to get past on Saturday, but we’ve got some very good forwards and midfielders who hopefully can unlock Leicester.”

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