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Preview: Blues boss on "tough" Wigan test

9 February 2018

Chris Powell knows the test his squad face this weekend against Wigan Athletic.

The Latics are unbeaten in 16 games, which includes the scalp of two Premier League sides in their Emirates FA Cup campaign.

Despite that, Blues have won their last two games themselves with Powell in charge.

“We know it’s going to be a tough proposition against the league leaders,” he said.

“Paul Cook’s got a good group of players together with good experience and knowledge but it’s another game for us is what it is.

“It’s another game where, if our players are on their mettle and on their game, they can certainly give Wigan problems, and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.

“We’ll play from a good shape. It’s something we work on relentlessly and talk about. It’s something I show them as well. My staff and my coaches have been coaching good elements of what we’re good at and areas we can improve in.

“But it’s a good game and it takes care of itself. Whenever you play a side that is leading or a big club comes to your place, everything takes care of itself.

“We’ll be ready and we won’t be thinking too far ahead, it’s all about making sure we compete from the first whistle right until the very end.”

Nick Powell has 12 goals for the season so far playing off of Will Grigg who scored his 50th Latics goal in their 2-0 win over Gillingham last weekend.

But Powell highlighted the quality they have all over the pitch.

“Michael Jacobs is a player I’ve always liked over the years and the two lads in the middle of the park are very key to the way they play.

“They’ve got some good options and it’s something that we’ll be striving for here over the next few months and upcoming seasons.

“We’ve got to deal with the squad we have; good players. I think sometimes people underestimate what we have here.

“They’ve certainly shown what they can do in the home game against Scunthorpe and away to Peterborough and we don’t want it to go to waste now.

“It’s a three-game week now, and all different games in their own way.

“But it’s about three o’clock Saturday which I’m sure Roots Hall and the fans are looking forward to. Will I be looking for three points again? Absolutely.”


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