- Latics face Preston North End at The DW Stadium on Saturday 18 February.
- Joyce on Preston game: ‘The fans have a huge role to play and can be the extra man.’
- ‘We’ll be treating the match like a cup final.’ Joyce on the derby v Preston.
WIGAN ATHLETIC v PRESTON NORTH END
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SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2017
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Latics manager Warren Joyce spoke to Latics Player HD in advance of the visit of Preston North End to the DW Stadium.
WJ on contrasting feelings against Fulham and Wolves
You’ve got to sit back and be consistent with how you view the games as quickly as you can because you can’t be too high and you can’t be too low. We’ve got to treat every game between now and the end of the season like a cup final.
WJ on difficulty to lift players after last minute defeat to Fulham
You could see one or two of the motivators who motivate everyone else quite flat after that game because we’re all desperate to do well and achieve our objective this season. It was an opportunity for some of the younger players to step up and motivate though, because you can’t always rely on the older lads in the group. We’re a team and we’ve got to be like that.
WJ on different tactics against Fulham and Wolves
They both caused us completely different problems. Fulham were probably as good of a passing side as we’ve faced this season. They really played it around well but we contained them and definitely had the best chances, the game would have been out of sight had we taken them. Against Wolves the other night we set our stall out differently and ended up getting the three points.
WJ on options in the squad
The new lads are all desperate to play which is great for the group. I’d be frustrated if people didn’t want to be playing but they’re all training hard and chomping at the bit to be a part of things. We had a good training ground game yesterday which gave players more minutes to be nearer the first team.
WJ on big derby against Preston
I’ve been involved with a few Lancashire clubs and there’s a real passion for football in this area. I’m on the Wigan side now and we’re desperate to get one over on Preston, desperate to give our fans something to shout about, and desperate we put in a good performance for them.
WJ on the challenge Preston pose
They’re well-organised and disciplined and have a steady group of players. They’ve bought well over a period of time and have spent money wisely, so I think they’ve got a consistency and a solid base. There’s nothing for us to fear though because everyone in this league have got good players.
WJ on the supporters’ role
The fans have been great so far and we’ve obviously got to give them something to shout about. We’ve had better results away from home so have got to set our stall out to make this place a real cauldron from now until the end of the season. The atmosphere is certainly an extra player for us so we need to make it a horrible place for Preston on Saturday.