Next Game

Bournemth v Wigan

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

DW Stadium

Last Game

Wigan 1 - 2 Ipswich

Monday, 22 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Perch: Europe will surprise us

Wigan defender James Perch believes his experience in European football will stand him in good stead on Thursday as his side face Zulte Waregem in the Europa League.

Last Updated: 18/09/13 at 18:10 Post Comment

James Perch: Expects his European experience to stand him in good stead on Thurs

James Perch: Expects his European experience to stand him in good stead on Thurs

The 27-year-old is one of few Latics players to have experience in the competition having played for Newcastle last term.

After three years with the Magpies, Perch made the switch to the DW Stadium over the summer and will make an appearance on the continent once again as Wigan make their first venture in European football.

Owen Coyle's men travel to the Jan Breydel Stadium to face Zulte Waregem, currently fifth in the Belgian top flight, and Perch believes his knowledge will be invaluable to Wigan.

"I've played in the Europa League so I'll know a little bit what to expect in terms of refereeing, the opposition crowds and so on," Perch told Wigan Today.

"The players are a lot more technical on the continent, which we'll have to get to grips with, and I found it an interesting challenge.

"There will be an element of surprise that we'll have to contend with, but it probably works both ways.

Flying

"It'll be a massive game for us all on Thursday - the players, the management and the fans. Hopefully we can go there and get the three points to get the campaign off to a flying start."

The Latics were 2-0 losers to Leicester on Saturday in the Championship but Perch believes his side have the potential to bring points home on Thursday evening.

"It was frustrating and disappointing," he added. "We can do a lot better than that, especially in the first half, and we let ourselves down.

"I thought the referee was poor - not just for us but for both teams. We have to try and turn things around as quickly as we can because we have got a massive game coming up on Thursday, and then Ipswich at the weekend."

Perch's versatility came into play against the Foxes this weekend as he occupied a midfield role, instead of the usual defensive position, and he hopes his flexibility can benefit the squad.

"It's the position I probably played for most of my Newcastle career - in front of the back four, protecting the back four," he said.

"I like the role, so I didn't mind at all when the gaffer asked me to play there.

"The games are coming thick and fast at the moment. That's the good thing about the Championship - you don't have to wait long to put things right. None of us go out there to play badly or lose as we did at Leicester, and it's up to us to put things right."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

No concerns over Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will continue to deliver at the highest level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest injury comeback.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property