New signing Reece James has been a big hit at Rotherham United, but the young defender says he’s still learning about the demands of the Championship.
The arrival of the young Manchester United left-back along with three other loan players is helping the Millers’ develop their new pass-and-move style.
James has improved with each game he has played for Rotherham, helping Steve Evans’ remain unbeaten in their last three matches as they bid to improve on 21st place in the Championship.
“It’s a lot quicker than I thought it was going to be,” he said.
“You’re thinking on your feet. As soon as the ball comes to you, you’re under pressure.
“There’s a lot more high intensity, and the physical side as well ... you’re coming up against players who have got more experience than yourself.
“They know how to use their bodies and to foul, things like that. It’s a massive learning curve for myself.”
The Millers are without a win in nine matches but there is an air of optimism around the club as their new approach takes shape. They have drawn their last two matches 0-0 but were the better side at Cardiff City a fortnight ago and at home to Nottingham Forest last week.
They have suffered with injuries since the start of their first season back in the second tier, but Evans flatly refuses to blame that for their winless streak.
“We’ve been smashed all season by injuries to key players,” he said. “What do we do? We don’t come out and make excuses likes some others do in the Championship.
“We just dig our heels in and get on with it.”
Meanwhile, Wigan ace Roger Espinoza has described tomorrow’s clash as “must-win” for Wigan.
Last weekend’s defeat at Watford extending the Lactics’ wretched run to one win from their last 16 matches.
The Honduran defensive midfielder said: “The Watford game didn’t come out the way we hoped, and that’s something that’s been going on for a while. We need to fix it, and hopefully we can do that this weekend. It’s a must-win for us.
“They’re a team that just came up, and they want to stay up at the end of the season. We are also determined to move up the table.”