Press Conference | Nathan Jones pre Wigan Athletic (H)

Manager Nathan Jones expects Wigan Athletic to present a real test for his side as they continue their search for a first home win of the season.


The Hatters have picked up seven points in their last three matches and will look to start the month of September in the best possible way – with three points against the Latics.

Speaking to the local press ahead of Saturday’s match at Kenilworth Road, Jones said: “I’ve got good choices, good strength, and the games come thick and fast so coming off the back of a big shift and a big journey down the M4 and we might need to freshen things up.

“Having those options and the people to do that and the desire to do it, because again, coming off the bench we had four game-changers that really contributed to the win the other night and that is all we can ask for.”

Yet to secure a home win this campaign, all focus is on exactly that sooner rather than later for the Welshman and his players.

“Whoever we play, when we’re at home we want to win a football game. We were very unfortunate not to do that against Sheffield United, but we’ve had three home games now and haven’t picked up a win, so we want to do that.

“We want to get that off our back, regardless of who the opposition is. Wigan are a tough side to play against. Leam’s done fantastic there in, originally, difficult circumstances, but he’s done a wonderful job.

“He got his opportunity, obviously worked at the club with Cooky and done wonderfully well.

“He’s a good guy, I like him. I’ve come across him many times with Portsmouth and Wigan. He’s done fantastically well and he should be proud of what he’s done.”

Assessing the month just gone and September coming up, the gaffer admitted: “We felt we should’ve started a bit better because our performances merited that. We had a couple of sticky performances and results and then we’ve bounced back.

“It’s early days yet after seven games. After 10 or 12 you’ll see the table start to take shape and people categorically won’t have 10 unlucky games.

“So, hopefully we’ll continue to pick up points. We’ve got another tough month, with some big teams to play, some ex-Premier League teams, Wigan Stoke, Coventry and Blackburn.

“We’ve got four ex-Premier League teams to play, so it’s a wonderful month coming up.”

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