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Dunn Predicts Tough Clash But Confident Ahead Of Cup Replay

16 November 2015

Manager David Dunn expects a tough game but is confident his side can make it into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

After Saturday’s victory over Chesterfield, the manager wants to keep the momentum going but is expecting a difficult game against the League Two side.

He said: “They are all difficult games, we say it every week. It was good to get a clean sheet down there but we didn’t play anywhere near the level that we can so that will have to change tomorrow, which it will.

"We say every single day to the players that we need to be consistent. We need to show this, not only in every game, but every training session that we do. 

"I’m a big believer in you train how you play and if you get into good habits all week then it stands you in good stead for the Saturday. That’s what I’ve been banging the drum about. 

“It will be a tough game, no doubt about it, but we will be a lot better than what we were down there, that’s for sure."

Mike Jones will miss tomorrow’s game whilst Joel Coleman will remain between the sticks as David Cornell continues his recovery from a finger injury.

One player who has been back in training is striker Jake Cassidy who has been missing for three months with a broken leg.

“Cassidy trained the back end of last week and looked fine so we will build him up now for more contact,” Dunn commented. 

"He has been a big miss for us. Nobody puts the effort in and runs about as much as he does and he’s a massive handful.”

The winner of tomorrow’s clash will face Sheffield United in the second round of the competition and the 35-year-old hopes supporters get behind the side as they bid for a place in the next round.

“Off the back of a good away win, we need to win these home games. There is no better time to do it than Tuesday night,” he said.

“Hopefully everyone gets behind us and fans create a good atmosphere for the players to go out and perform the best they can."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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