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Tommy Wright Previews MK Dons

24 February 2014

New assistant manager Tommy Wright believes Latics can continue to improve from their 1-0 victory over Gillingham on Saturday.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the game with MK Dons, Wright has challenged the players to step up their performance levels in order to get a positive result tomorrow. 

He said: "We didn't play well technically with the ball but defensively we were strong and the goalkeeper was good. It was a pleasing three points because it's a good sign when you get the points and don't play well.

"One thing we saw on Saturday was that everyone was determined to keep a clean sheet. Clean sheets get you points and the goalkeeper pulled off some great saves."

Latics face the Buckinghamshire side for the second time in 10 days. Ben Reeves' very late goal, deep into injury time, settled the outcome of the first fixture but Wright admits home advantage could work to Latics advantage.

"They have had some difficult away games that they have struggled, especially against Carlisle and Bradford," explained the 47-year-old. "I believe they have a few injuries recently and it might be a good time to play them. I've played against them many times in the past and I've not got too many good memories of that. 

"They've got a bright, young manager and they play some good stuff. However, if we can play better technically on the night and then we will give them a few problems."

Latics face a few injury worries ahead of the game as Connor Brown was forced off on Saturday due to injury but Wright had good news regarding him and Korey Smith.

"Brown came off with a bang on his hip and hopefully he'll come through. It's more of a painful thing so it's just getting through that and we hope he'll be alright," commented the number two. "Korey is coming along well but we'll have to wait and see about him."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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