Wgan Athletic chief happy to make his point against Brewers

Leam Richardson was pleased to add another point on the board - and chalk off another game - after the 1-1 draw against Burton at the DW.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 6:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th April 2021, 8:30 pm
Leam Richardson

Bottom two Bristol Rovers and Swindon dropped through the relegation trap door on Saturday, but it's otherwise as you were with - from third-bottom up - Rochdale, Northampton, Latics and Wimbledon all drawing, to keep their fate very much in their own hands.

Latics fell behind at the DW to Joe Powell's worldie of a free-kick on 16 minutes, but rescued a point thanks to Will Keane s header eight minutes before the break.

"I thought it was a good point, a fair result, on the balance of the game," acknowledged Richardson, taking charge of his first game as full-time manager.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

"We started the game a little bit slowly if I'm honest.

"You have to match Burton's fight, they're up there in the form table for a reason, the distances they cover are fantastic.

"You've got to move the ball quickly to go through them, or try and move the ball round them.

"It was great the lads responded so well to going a goal behind early."

Keane has really stepped up in recent weeks, with four goals in his last five games - after previously going 14 without notching.

"Our flair players are in the team to make that difference, to add that little bit of quality," he recognised.

"First and foremost, you have to match teams like Burton and the basics of football - how you run, how you fight, how you win your individual battles.

"After the 15-minute mark, I thought we started to do that, and you're then waiting for your quality players to kick in.

"Thankfully Will was on hand again and it was another important goal for us.

Next up for Latics is a trip to Hull - who have secured their return to the Championship with two games to spare.

"Congratulations to Hull for getting promoted," added Richardson.

"They've been fantastic this year, and they'll provide a massive challenge to us next weekend.

"But hopefully we can land the right side of the result and do what we need to do.

"We've been saying for a while that we can't take anything for granted in this situation.

"We've got a great challenge still in front of us, and two big games to take care of in Hull and Swindon.

"As long as we match the results of the teams below us we'll be all right."

Get 20% off our sports subscription package and stay up to date with all the latest Wigan Athletic news with a year’s subscription to WiganToday for less than 9p a day. Use promo code TRANSFER20