Wigan Athletic boss sounds warning after Sunderland victory

Leam Richardson was refusing to get carried away after watching Wigan Athletic deservedly beat Sunderland to move out of the League One relegation places.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:22 pm
Callum Lang wheels away in delight after scoring the winning goal

Goals from Will Keane and Callum Lang saw Latics bounce back from the blow of conceding a Charlie Wyke goal against the run of play to record a second win in four days.

Despite having their heads above water with five games to go, Richardson is keen to keep his feet on the ground.

"Obviously you don't want to do anything to dampen the elation of a fantastic result over a very good team," he said.

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"But it's my job to let the lads know we haven't achieved anything yet in our quest to achieve what we set out to do at the start of the season.

"We knew it was going to be a tough task against a Sunderland team who are close to achieving their own targets at the other end of the table.

"We knew we had to meet them head on in certain areas, and try to exploit some other areas with the huge assets we have here.

"If I'm going to be critical, could we have been even better in certain areas?

"But I don't want to take anything away from any of the lads tonight.

"We worked so hard across the board and, in my opinion, we more than deserved the win."

Sunderland's second defeat in the space of four days was another hammer blow to their hopes of automatic promotion.

And if anything the winning margin could and should have been even greater, with Will Keane squandering a couple of golden opportunities to secure the points before the end.

"We like to make a game of it don't we...we like to keep it interesting to the end!" reflected Richardson.

"People are paying good money to watch the games at home and we like to keep them entertained!

"I'm just asking these lads to hit certain numbers in certain areas, and when we do that we look a good side.

"Will, Callum, Joe (Dodoo) and Viv (Solomon-Otabor) were getting into some great areas.

"If they continue to do that, I'm sure we'll get our rewards as a side over the course of the season."

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