I noticed there didn’t seem to be much coverage of this morning’s press conference anywhere in the press, so I’ve had a watch and thought I’d bring you the headlines, in case you missed it.
Michael seemed relaxed as he chatted to Rob, and was asked first off how he dealt with the team’s collective disappointment after the penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Sunderland. It seems that has quickly been put to one side in favour of the more serious competition.
“Very quickly after the game, I tried to switch the focus to the Wigan game,” said Michael. “The reality is we have played 27 games so far in this competition, a lot more than we have in the Papa Johns, and we have put ourselves in a very good position.
“With the games coming thick and fast, this is the start of a three-game week, we should go and worry about the disappointments, we should go an attack it and enjoy the fact that we put ourselves in this position.”
The Imps face Wigan tomorrow, a side thumped 5-0 at home by Hull, their third such defeat of the season, but Michael was eager to point out that this, along with Swindon on Tuesday night, was the sort of game successful teams needed to go out and win.
“These are the most dangerous games, the bigger games, your Accys, your Hulls, Donnys and Peterboroughs, Sunderlands of this world, they’re the easy ones, they’re the ones everyone is judging you to a degree. Success, proper success, is built on beating sides who are struggling.”
There is little doubt Wigan are struggling, with a takeover still in the offing and a high squad churn since we last faced them. Indeed, only three players who started their 2-1 defeat at the Bank last year also started the thrashing Hull handed out in midweek.
Two players who appeared for us against them in that 2-1 were also up for discussing this morning; Harry Anderson and Theo Archibald. Harry missed the Sunderland game and appears to have a longer-term issue, but there is good news for former Celtic and Brentford winger Archibald, who hasn’t featured at all for City since our win against the Latics.
“Harry had a scan yesterday; we’ll get the results this morning,” Michael added. “I’m not being pessimistic, but I know he’s in a bit of pain with it, he’s still sore. He’s never had a muscular injury of this sort of type before so we’ll probably know more tomorrow but I’ll be amazed if the timeframe is anything smaller than Joe Walsh and Liam Bridcutt.”
“We have got Theo Archibald who has trained with us twice now since his calf problem which was nowhere near as serious as Joe Walsh or Liam Bridcutt. So, we have got a little bit of cover in that area, Brennan, Morgan, Anthony Scully. We’ve got Jorge Grant who can do that for us, I’ve mentioned it numerous times we have players who can play in numerous positions, we just don’t have enough of them!”
You can watch the rest of the press conference here, where Michael talks about the possibility, or lack of, for Zack Elbouzedi to return prematurely, and how Wigan’s squad is much stronger than their results suggest.