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Mills Relishes Clash With Hometown Club

10 February 2015

Full back Joseph Mills faces his hometown club tonight as Latics look to continue their pursuit of the play-off places against second-placed Swindon Town.

Mills returned to the starting fold against Scunthorpe after serving his three game suspension for his sending off against Doncaster Rovers last month.

The 25-year-old, who played for tonight's opponents at grassroots level, is relishing the chance to get one over on his hometown club.

He said: "I always look for this when the fixtures come out. I was there quite a long time ago but it's always a bit special playing against them and I'm looking forward to it. It's a game against two teams in the top seven so it should be interesting. 

"They are doing really well. I've watched them a couple of times and they like to move the ball. They have some talented young players and when you get young players they are hungry to do well. I like the way they play and they have a lot of threats so I think it will be a good game.

"Both teams have improved since the last meeting. As the season has gone by, both teams have got stronger. The more games you play, you bring in different players and that adds the dimension to the team so I think it will be similar to the first game down there and it could be a good one."

Latics moved out of the play-off places last night after Bradford's 2-1 victory over MK Dons but could nip back in tonight with victory. "It's a great challenge," admitted Mills.

"If we could have put ourselves here at the start of the season, we would have. We have played all the big teams away and they have got to come here. We have been good at home and our form shows that so we need to carry that on and make it difficult when they are here.

"The fans are brilliant and they get behind us so if they continue to do that until the end of the season, hopefully we can reward them."

Manager Lee Johnson added four players to his squad in January and the former Southampton defender believes they have strengthened the team.

"They have settled in quickly. They have come into a good squad and have been welcomed in and that is important. Even for me when I came in at the start of the season, it is the type of squad where you can gel quickly," said Mills.

"They have definitely improved the squad and given us that depth which any team vying for the play-off places need."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player. 

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