Leam Richardson, Lactics manager, spoke of the challenge that lies ahead of the team this weekend at Norwich City, but insists it is one that his side are looking forward to.
Latics travel to Carrow Road looking to build on the encouraging opening day draw with Preston North End, as the Club returned to the Second Tier for the first time since 2020.
Ahead of this weekend’s long trip to East Anglia, Leam spoke of the challenges that Dean Smith’s side pose on Saturday afternoon.
“Firstly, reflecting on last Saturday and coming into it on the back of pre-season, there were some pleasing signs in the framework of the game.
“It’s nice for us to be up and running, plus getting a clean sheet, and it’s all positive.
“But around the corner is another challenge in Norwich City, who are a fantastic Football Club and have been doing the right thing for a lot of years.
“You look at their squad and they have 1000s of appearances in this league, and 60% of their squad have been promoted from the division.
“We had 5 debutants in the Championship last week, and we’re making our way in this league. That’s the challenge that we face (this weekend), but it’s something we’re looking forward to.”
Latics will be backed by 700+ supporters at Carrow Road at the weekend, and Latics’ manager is hoping the travelling support can continue to give their backing in the same manner in which they did throughout the whole of last season.
“Challenges come thick and fast in the Championship,” he said.
“Games don’t come much tougher than Norwich away, with Dean Smith and the calibre of player that we’re going to come up against.
“But I’ve heard that we’ve got 700+ supporters going down for a 12:30 kick-off, which I think is fantastic. They’re showing their support for the lads and the Football Club, so fingers crossed we can give a good account of ourselves and fall the right side of the result.
“The fans know my, and the players, thoughts on them. They’re a massive part of our success with the energy levels that they bring and the support that they give. The numbers in terms scoring late goals away from home speak for themselves, so fingers crossed that support can continue, as well.”