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Leam Richardson will manage Wigan for the first time against Burnley tomorrow when we visit the DW Stadium but it was his assistant James Beattie who was on media duty this week ahead of the game.

Richardson and Beattie steered Wigan back to the Championship last season, winning promotion from League One as champions, and, after winning one game so far against Birmingham last time out to add to three draws, he said: “We have got tremendous faith in the lads, and with the organisation and determination the lads show. We are still getting used to the league and there’s a lot of good teams in there. We will quietly get on with our job with what we do at the training ground every day with our behaviour and habits, and we will keep getting better.

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“The lads take on information really well and as long as they keep doing that, their performances will be there and the results will come. We will keep working hard, and keep trying to put performances on the pitch.”

He added: “The team spirit has never been in question. I have been in some dressing rooms as a player but from the periphery looking inside it, it looks like a really good one and something that the lads should be proud to be part of.

“The lads have got a certain amount of self-belief but the results will only help enhance that. They are a tremendous group of players to work with, they enjoy it every day and they work hard. They are respectful around the pitch and created a tremendous environment for them to go and work in.”

Looking forward to the game, Beattie said of us: “Burnley are a very good outfit. They have got a new manager and a lot of new players. They can cause a huge threat to us. From Monday, we’ve been working towards that and the lads have been really focused. Hopefully, the information that they are taking in will stand them in good stead come Saturday afternoon.”

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Vincent Kompany saw his side beat Shrewsbury in the League Cup this week but asked about the importance of getting back to winning ways on the league, he said: “Even after Wigan, there’s still forty games left. You can’t get hung up on results too much, you’ve just got to work towards getting on a run and maintaining that.

“The sooner we win, the closer we come to hopefully putting a run together, and I do think we’ve already deserved to win more than we have done. I really believe this team still has so much progression within it, and it’ll take consistency for us to get there.”

Much has been said this week about the first Blackpool game when we were caught trying to play out from the back but that will continue with Kompany saying: “We’ve scored goals from the goalkeeper, it’s just less theatrical. The net balance has to be positive, and as long as it is, the main thing for me is creating some very big chances. We have done that consistently, and we’re just not putting enough of them away yet. I’m not looking at it in any other way than whether it makes sense or not.

“If it gives us a chance, we’ve got to do it. You can’t say ‘only build up when we know we’re going to score’ because it just doesn’t work that way. A lot of decisions and reactions have to come into play, but you do it because you think you can score. You don’t turn it on and off when you want to, and you’ve got to recognise the picture.”

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