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Kelly: “We Are Up For Every Game.”

17 August 2015

Manager Darren Kelly will be looking to take the game to Colchester United tomorrow night, however admits it is a huge blow to lose striker Jake Cassidy to injury.

The 22-year-old was forced off with only 12 minutes on the clock after an innocuous challenge and the gaffer gave an update on his current situation.

He said: “I’m absolutely gutted for Jake. He has been superb since coming in but it does look like he’s got a possible fracture and we are just waiting on results. 

“We have great medical staff who will look after him and get him back in good shape. We’re just waiting for the scan results today so hopefully we will know more later.

“Jake is a big player for us and you can see the impact he’s had. It is now an opportunity for certain players to stake a claim for a place in the team. 

“The big thing now though is that we rally around Jake and make sure he’s okay. It will be a knock back that he doesn’t want.”

The players and management have travelled down to Essex this afternoon to prepare for tomorrow’s game and the gaffer believes his players fully focused ahead of kick off.

"We are up for every game. For me, if you are not up for any game as a professional footballer you should jack it in,” commented the 36-year-old. 

"We have got a very good squad which can compete. We will have our up and down games but it is important the togetherness is there, you can see that in the games. 

"We are battling every second and every minute for each other. I’m lucky with the squad I have that they are there to scrap, battle and support each other.”

At the close of play tomorrow, Latics could sit top of Sky Bet League One, and the manager is happy with the points return so far.

"Six out of six would have been great but I’m happy with what we have. We could have taken more from the first game and it wasn’t our best performance on Saturday but four points from six is a good return,” he said. 

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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