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Latics made of steel

6 August 2012

Manager praises resilience

Paul Dickov is delighted with the steel Latics have displayed pre-season.

They have kept four clean sheets from six matches to the delight of Latics' manager.

He said: "Again against Huddersfield on Saturday we were defensively sound which has been a massive plus.

"The back five (goalkeeper and defence) have done well throughout pre-season and that has been a massive plus.

"I think we have a resilience not to be beaten which we haven't had in my two other seasons as manager."

Dickov says the final week of pre-season will be about fine tuning, but his players are ready and cannot wait for the season to start.

Latics reserves will play two behind-closed doors friendlies this week against Hull City and Newcastle.

Dickov says the objective will be to give squad players match action and also take a look at a number of trialists.

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