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Flitcroft on Wigan Opener

1 August 2013

Reds Manager David Flitcroft caught up with the press ahead of Saturday's season opener with Wigan at Oakwell on Saturday.

“We’ve noticed a massive change in and around the football club," said the Reds boss. "There’s been a change above me and a great structure above me. It’s having a massive impact.

“Every single aspect of the football club is being looked at and analysed. We’re looking for results all over the football club.

“Every person in the ground has got to experience something that they can take home and focus on.

“I’ve been delighted with how we’ve started pre-season, but it’s a continuation of last season.

“I want people to feel the strength of this stadium. The power of the stadium and what we achieved last season, we only did that because of support.

Wigan visit Oakwell for the first time in almost 11 years, and Flicker is aware of what they have to offer, 

“You’ve got to play  all of the teams over 46 games. There’s a couple of months that are precarious more than others in terms of length of travel. But getting a home fixture against the FA Cup winners is a great fixture that the players want to be a part of." “I’ve watched them twice and had them scouted everywhere they’ve played,” said Flitcroft of Wigan.

“They’ve picked someone in Owen who’s got the experience of leading a team out of this division. I live in Bolton and I’ve seen a lot of Bolton, I watched in admiration of the job he did at Burnley. His team will have a lot of energy and quality. 

The Reds are without Paul Digby (thigh strain) and Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) for the visit of the Latics.

“But we’re ready to go. It’s going to be a real head-on collision of two teams. We want to be competitive when we play Wigan.”

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