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Banide Looking To Build On First League Win

29 August 2019

Latics host Colchester United on Saturday and Head Coach Laurent Banide gave his thoughts ahead of the game.

This week has been the first time this season Latics haven’t played in midweek and Banide believes it has been beneficial for his side.

“It has been important for everybody to take more time with training for preparation because the start of the season has been very fast." He said.

"It’s been a good week for everybody.”

Banide is expecting a tough test against Colchester United on Saturday and claims his side must be at their best to get something from the game.

Colchester come into the contest having also picked up their first league win of the season before knocking our Premier League side Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup.

“They’re a good team with good players, they’ve had a good result in midweek, so we need to play well if you want to take three points because they’re a hard opponent.” He commented.

Banide is delighted to have picked up the first three points of the season at Cambridge United, but states that the lads must continue to work hard.

“It’s important for the spirit and it’s important for when we work and gives us more optimism, but a result is a result and the game is a game.

“We have work to do because we played well, we worked and we try but we must play better if we want to have more positive results.

“It was a good result but we have a lot of work to do.”

Tomas Egert and Marvin Kokos have yet to feature for Latics due to injury and the Head Coach gave an update on their recovery.

“They’re taking it step by step, we can’t pressure the players because after an injury it is important to take the time you need for confidence and good movement so we’ll take our time.”

Banide remains happy with his current squad but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a new signing before the deadline on Monday at 5pm.

“I’m happy at the moment but we’ll see maybe one surprise, we don’t know but it’s football.”

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