With the suspension of Blackpool’s midfielder Angel Martinez over from his sending off against Huddersfield Town, Latics’ midfielder Jordi Gomez is hoping the two can come up against each other on Saturday as it would re-unite the players who spent time together at RCD Espanyol before Gomez’s switch to English football.
Talking about his potential opponents time plying his trade in Spain Gomez said:
“When I was at Espanyol I played with Angel and he was playing really well.
“He was a year younger than me, but he stood out and played around 50 games in the first team.
“I only played a few times for the first team, but I do remember coming on as a substitute for him in a game against Osasuna.”
Gomez’s compatriot joined Blackpool in 2011 and he believes the Tangerines got themselves a good deal.
“I think he did a great job in La Liga, but he was given away on a free transfer to Blackpool and they got a very good player for nothing.
“He’s doing well at Blackpool and it would be nice to play against him on Saturday.
“We’re very similar players because we both focus on the technical side of the game.”
Looking towards the fixture itself, Gomez drew similarities and differences between the last time to two teams met, when Latics won 3-1 at Bloomfield Road in 2011.
“We’re playing Blackpool in a very different situation to last time as we were both in the Premier League and fighting to survive.
“I suppose the similarity is that we are both aiming and fighting for the same thing as each other, but this time it’s obviously promotion back to the Premier League.
“In that respect the pressure is still the same because we know we want to win the game.”
Latics go into the game with back-to-back victories against NK Maribor in the Europa League and Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, as they face a Blackpool side who have drawn their previous four matches.
Gomez added that Blackpool’s resolve may make breaking them down a tough task.
“Blackpool started really well this season and they’ve draw quite a lot recently, but they’ve still shown they’re very hard to beat because they’ve only lost once.
“We have to focus on playing our way and forcing ourselves on them like we did in the last few minutes in our last game against Blackburn to make sure we get results.”
The 28-year-old believes Latics are starting to forge together a good run of results, but he’s noticed that nothing has changed in the Championship since the last time he played in it.
“Now that we’ve played nine games in the Championship when I look back it’s very much the same as when I played in the division for Swansea City in 2008.
“It’s a tough league physically and a division with some very strong teams in it.
“We have to work hard in every minute of every game and I think that has been on show in the past month or so, especially with the amount of fixtures we have had.
“We’ve adapted, but we’d like to do much better as we carry on this season.”
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