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Richie Wellens Looks Ahead To Tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy Clash

8 January 2018

Manager Richie Wellens has given his thoughts ahead of tomorrow night’s Checkatrade game against Leicester City under 21s.

Latics are three games away from Wembley and a win tomorrow could see them into the last eight of the competition.

He said: “It’s a great chance for the players to get back on the bike and try and get a bit of confidence.

“If you win this game you are two games away from Wembley, anything can happen.

“Other teams that are left in it have got other stuff to play for so you see a lot of teams changing players so it’s a massive opportunity.

“We’ve got eight fit players today in training so we’re going to have to work it so that we try and keep a few players fresh so that everyone’s ready to go so it’s going to be a good opportunity for some players.

“It’s an under 21s team but they’re allowed to play so many overage players so they’ve stuck within the rules.

“It’s irrelevant anyway because they’re probably the best under 21s team at the moment along with Chelsea.

“I know their manager Steve Beaglehole very well and he wants the attitude of his players to be spot on and you can see, it’s reflected in his team, they do it right.

“It will be a tough game wether they put out some of the big boys or even if they’re all under 21 player’s they’re a good group of under 21 players.

“We have signed a couple of players, we’re just waiting to make sure that their clearance and registration can go through.

“Probably by tomorrow three players will have joined us, it’s just about getting them registered in time.

“If fans come tomorrow they might see £40 or £50 million worth of talent, on their team unfortunately.

“We’re going to try and do our best to win against a Premier League outfit.”


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