Wigan Athletic chief sounds 'Premier League' warning

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Leam Richardson is paying no attention to the fledgling Championship table ahead of Wigan Athletic's midweek trip to Huddersfield Town.

The Terriers - who lost in the play-off final - lie second-bottom of the table, with five defeats from their opening seven matches.

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But Richardson says it would be foolish for Latics to take their opponents lightly.

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"You look at the football club we're coming up against, and they were in the Premier League not too long ago.

"They were in the play-off final only a few months ago, and only lost to the bounce of a ball, so we know the challenge ahead of us.

"There are still some players there from the Premier League years, and even more from the play-off final.

"It's a football club that, from the outside, looks like it's been run extremely well, very diligently, over the years.

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"Fingers crossed we can give a good account of ourselves and have that work ethic that we always have."

Richardson also delivered a positive update on striker Charlie Wyke, who was a surprise absentee from the last outing at Luton.

"Charlie's been training since the start of last week,so he's got a really strong programme under his belt," added the Latics chief.

Skipper Tendayi Darikwa remains on the sidelies after dislocating his shoulder against Burnley last month.

Gwion Edwards and Jordan Cousins made successful returns for the Under-21 at the beginning of last week, but are some way off a first-team return after missing virtually all of pre-season.