Espinoza happy to cram in the games

Wigan Player Roger Espinoza
Wigan Player Roger Espinoza

ROGER Espinoza is relishing the games coming thick and fast as he tries to nail down a first-team spot at Wigan Athletic.

The trip to Watford on Saturday will be Wigan’s fourth game in the space of just nine days, across three competitions.

But Espinoza, who was drafted into the starting line-up for the midweek defeat at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup, is not one for complaining.

“For me, I appreciate the games coming thick and fast because I just want to play football,” he told the Evening Post.

“I haven’t played all that much this season, so I’ll play whenever I get the opportunity.

“I was happy to get the chance on Tuesday night, although the result wasn’t what we were looking for.

“It was a tough game for us and we need to move on right away. And it will be good to get back into the demands of the Championship at Watford.”

Espinoza was one of three survivors on Tuesday – along with Emmerson Boyce and Jordi Gomez – from the team that beat City in the FA Cup final just over four months ago.

While Latics did well in parts, they were overpowered by a City side who showed their strength by bringing Yaya Toure off the bench in the second half.

However, Latics won their previous league game against Ipswich – and Espinoza wants them to build on that this weekend.

“We played well against Ipswich but there’s plenty room for improvement,” he added. “We fought hard for the three points and we’ll have to play as well again to get a similar result.”