Latics travel to Bradford City on Saturday in a Sky Bet League Two fixture and Head Coach Laurent Banide gave his thoughts ahead of the match.
Upon reflection from Tuesday’s game with Blackburn Rovers, Banide was pleased with the way his side implemented themselves despite the defeat.
However, the Head Coach believes that his side needs to work hard to get the three points on Saturday.
“After the game we were sad, but we’ve had time to see the game and the players played better than last game.” He said.
“It was important to see them improve and we need to continue like that, we need to look at the details because there is a lot of work that needs to be done with the team and they want to work hard.
“It’s important to continue and to have a good attitude on the game and to show something like that is important, we don’t have too much time but it’s interesting.”
Banide takes plenty of positives from the loss in mid-week and claims that the players should continue to show the same principles.
“It was important because we saw spirit and we saw them work hard together and with that, you can start something and without them it’s difficult.” He commented.
“It was important because we played against a good team and it was great to see how we played and now we must work with this balance for the future.”
The players put in a lot of effort on Tuesday night, but Banide says the squad is feeling fresh and ready to go against Bradford.
“Everybody is feeling good, we work well as a team and the players' mush push more.
“We continue to work together because we need to prepare for the next game and it’s important that we become better and better.”
Tomas Egert and Marvin Kokos are yet to feature this season for Latics due to injury and Banide gave an update on their recovery.
“Tomas has trained today, and he felt good, but he needs time and I think he needs two or three weeks more, but he’s started to play with others and he’s an important player.
“And for Kokos, we must wait longer but at the moment we must work with the players we have available.
“Everybody is focused on the challenge to push a level and to find more quality as well as our tactical positioning.”
The away support on Tuesday night were in fine voice all evening and Banide admitted after that game that he felt bad for everyone that travelled.
However, he wants the fans to stick by his team and with another bumper crowd expected, he believes that they can make a difference to the players.
“The supporters need to see the work that we give because everyone works a lot here.
“The fans in the stand and the players on the field must work a lot to push the level and we need to do that to become better and better because everybody is in the same project.
“We need the fans to help us because it’s important to have a little bit more of a push on the pitch.”