- Graham Barrow on Wigan Athletic’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion.
- Barrow confirms Nick Powell won’t start as he eases the forward back to full fitness.
- “I don’t see any point in going there and parking the bus,” says Barrow.
Wigan Athletic Interim Manager Graham Barrow says his side have to take a positive approach into their trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Easter Monday.
Barrow takes Latics to Sussex on the back of consecutive victories over Rotherham United and Barnsley at the DW Stadium but knows his side will need to bring some back north with them if they are to keep their survival hopes alive.
Brighton, in contrast, know victory over Latics will secure a first-ever promotion to the Premier League due to their far superior goal difference on third place Huddersfield Town.
“I think we’ll approach it in a similar way to what we did the Newcastle game really,” Barrow told the club’s official website. “We got a really professional tactical performance out of the players there and that wasn’t far away from getting us a result.
“We feel we can go there and give it a go, though, I don’t see any point in going and parking the bus because we have to try and win the game.
“We have to get the players ready, see who is really up for it physically.”
Barrow knows the Seagulls haven’t stormed to the top of the Championship without posing a considerable threat and that was only confirmed when he visited Molineux on Good Friday and saw the division’s Player of the Year Anthony Knockaert score twice in a 2-0 win to take Chris Hughton’s side within three points of the Premier League.
“After playing Thursday, I was able to see them play live at Wolverhampton on Friday and that was good for me,” Barrow explained.
“Brighton have gradually built up a team that is good enough to go into the Premier League and has bags of Championship experience.
“We gave Brighton a good run for their money at home and I think the pressure will be on them so if we can use that to our benefit.”
Naturally there will be a clamour to see Nick Powell introduced from the start for Latics after his four goals this week, but Barrow confirmed that won’t be the case and would be a dangerous move.
“It would be suicidal to expect 90 minutes of Nick now and I think he is far better when the game is open and there is more room to play,” he added.
“He is getting closer to a good fitness level but equally, you have to factor in he’s getting a lot of impact on his body from poor challenges in the last couple of games.”