De Ridder keen to impress
Daniel De Ridder is eyeing further chances after making his first league start for Wigan.
Last Updated: 21/10/08 6:18pm
Daniel De Ridder is eyeing further first-team opportunities after making his first Premier League start for Wigan Athletic at the weekend.
The Dutchman, who joined the Latics on a free transfer from Birmingham City in the summer, was deployed in a five-man midfield in the 3-2 loss at Liverpool.
De Ridder is delighted his patience paid off and is seeking another start against Aston Villa on Sunday, with Antonio Valencia suspended after his dismissal against the Reds.
The 24-year-old told the Wigan Evening Post: "It was nice to play. I've had to be patient because the team has been doing well.
"I was training well, staying sharp and finally I got my chance.
"Hopefully I can go on like this and get the opportunity to impress even more.
"We played with three midfielders and two wingers at Liverpool, so I got my chance with Antonio Valencia playing inside.
"Antonio is out for the next game but I'm not really thinking about that at the moment.
"The Villa match is a big one for us. It should be a good game against a big team.
"I've got memories of playing against them for Birmingham before coming to Wigan."