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Patience pays off for de Ridder
21 Oct 2008 - 13:27:33
Daniel de Ridder hopes he has done enough to keep his place in the Wigan Athletic team after making his first Premier League start for Steve Bruce's side in the 3-2 defeat at Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has been a regular on the substitute's bench so far this term following his summer switch from Birmingham City but is pleased his patience has finally paid off.
He told the 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."