- Latics face Cardiff City on Saturday 22 April.
- “We will leave it late to decide if Nick Powell starts”.
- “Haugaard has returned to Stoke with a shoulder injury – Gilks plays”
- “I know Neil Warnock well, his team will be motivated.”
- “Omar Bogle and Reece Burke might have a chance.”
- “The fans have been great, we need their help again.”
WIGAN ATHLETIC v CARDIFF CITY
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2047
Latics Interim Manager Graham Barrow was in no doubt as to what is required as he looks forward to Saturday’s ‘must-win’ game against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.
GB ON MUST WIN GAME
“It’s probably the toughest game I’ve been involved in as a manger to pick the team because we have a job to do and there are a lot of permutations. We’ve got to get it right but I like to keep things fresh.
GB ON KEEPING THE PLAYERS FOCUSED ON THE RESULT
“The players certainly gave a good account of themselves at Brighton and were unfortunate not to come away with something after following the plan so well. If somebody had said to me three or four weeks ago after Ipswich that we’d still be in this position, I probably would have taken it if I’m being quite honest.
“Now the players need to be relaxed and completely focused on what needs to be done.
GB ON NICK POWELL
“The impact he’s made has been amazing. If people actually knew the background as to how little training he’s done due to the nature of his injury then it’s even more amazing. He could start against Cardiff for the right reasons but he could also not start for different reasons as well because I feel he does really well when the game’s past the first half. Every football game gets stretched out and more space becomes available, and that seems to suit him better. It’s probably a conversation between me and him though that’s going to decide it.
GB ON NICK POWELL’S IMPACT OFF THE BENCH
“It doesn’t surprise me really but it’s the way he’s kept doing it that has been so fantastic. He nearly made it complete at Brighton on Monday because he had that chance at the end, but he is a top footballer and someone we have to nurture and look after.
GB ON NICK POWELL’S PRESENCE
“When he comes on it gives the team a lift, we saw that at Brighton as it perked some of the players up. They’ve really got to take some responsibility for themselves though and we spoke about that after that game. It can’t just be about Nick Powell, it’s got to be about everyone. Nick does the simple things well and top players do that.
GB ON INJURY NEWS
“Matt Gilks will play in goal because Jakob Haugaard has torn a shoulder muscle. It happened during the game the other day so he’s gone back to Stoke now and the medical team there have more or less written him off for this season.
We’ll leave it late to make decisions on Omar Bogle and Reece Burke. Omar would be a gamble but it could be one worth taking, Reece has played games for West Ham in his recovery and has trained with us all week.
GB ON CARDIFF CITY
“Myself and Neil (Warnock) go back a long way really and we’ve ebbed and flowed with the results, so I need a result against him on Saturday. It’s probably been 50/50 between us down the years but I’ve got to make sure I edge it this time and get the result. There’s never been any needle between us but there’s always been that competitive edge, and it’ll be tough for us again this time. He’ll have the side motivated, no question.
GB ON THE FANS
“The fans were great at the last two home games because they stuck by us. We’ve been behind in both games so for them to stick with us was fantastic. The players responded really well and showed they’re still up for it. We feed off each other really and we need them to be with us on Saturday. We’re going to do everything we can to win the game and we need your help again.
The atmosphere at the end of the games was as good as I’ve seen and if we can get over the line again, then we know it’s still to play for…