Date: 13th April 2017 at 8:40am
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A massive game this evening for the Latics when we take on Barnsley at the DW Stadium, in the build up to the game both bosses have been speaking to the media, let’s take a look at what they’ve been saying:

Latics boss Graham Barrow – ”It was a difficult day for us on Saturday but we got character in abundance. It spoke volumes about the players and showed that we’re still in it and that they care about the situation.

”It certainly lifted the dressing room, there’s no doubt about that. In the past we’ve become a little carried away after a win, and have failed to back it up, but we have to do that now.

”The players have always given it a go, but when you get the rewards for it things feel even better.

”You’ll never beat the feeling of winning and that’s the feeling we want again against Barnsley, even though we know it’ll be a difficult job.

”I watched their game back against Blackburn and they really gave a good account of themselves.

”There was a little bit of rivalry between ourselves and them last year, so I expect a tough game but an open one.

”We’ve asked for help from the fans all the time, and they were certainly behind us when we got on the front foot on Saturday. They expected us to win the game so now we’ve got that one under our belts, I think they’ll be behind us from the off and the players have to respond to that.

”They know where they stand with the crowd and I hope we all stick together.”

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom – ”They’re still in with a shout and you have to believe that right until the end and it`ll be like Blackburn, a team who give absolutely everything.

”In our last few games we’ve performed really well and dominated the games for really large spells with and without the ball against Blackburn, a team battling at the bottom and we could see it wasn’t easy.

”We’ve had to rely on another side of our game which is our defending. How we defend our box and put our bodies on the line and it will be much the same again.

”If you’re down at the bottom, you’re going to be struggling for goals, if you’re scoring goals for fun, you’re not going to be down there, however as of late, Wigan have been letting goals in.

”They made changes at the weekend and got the result, it was a really competitive game against Rotherham, two teams scrapping for their lives and scrapping for every point and Wigan came out on top and I`ll be expecting more of the same from them.

”We’ve just had a South Yorkshire derby, a full house, we’ve had Cardiff come to try and frustrate us but there’s nothing like playing a team fighting for their life and we saw the problems that Blackburn posed.

”It’ll be exactly the same against Wigan, that’s why there’s always something to play for and a lot of it depends on who you’re playing against.”

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A bit of WWE down at the DW on Saturday when Rotherham were in town, Nick ‘The Horse’ Powell came out on top over Lewis ‘Costly’ Price, the Horse’s 97th minute strike flashing into the back of the net to give the Latics 3 points and consign Rotherham to yet another away defeat.

Two games to look forward to, well you know what I mean, Barnsley are at the DW on Thursday, then it’s off to Brighton on Easter Monday.

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