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Gaffer Expecting Tough Game Against Walsall On Saturday

11 August 2016

Manager Steve Robinson expects a tough game against last season’s play-off semi finalists Walsall on Saturday.

Latics enter the game with confidence after a 2-1 EFL Cup win over Wigan Athletic at Park on Tuesday night.

Whilst attention turns back to league action, the manager is keen to remain grounded.

He said: "By winning on Tuesday night, I’m not getting carried away with anything. It’s a case of one game and one step at a time. 

"There will be ups and downs along the way and we are well aware of that but when you tell the players things on the training ground and you start to see success, then everyone starts to believe in it a little bit more. 

“Walsall have won one and lost one so far but they are a good side and have made some good additions to the squad from last year and we know they will be tough opposition. 

“We are confident about what we did the other night and we are aiming to build on that. They are in a bit of a transition, the same as ourselves, so hopefully it’s a game we can take advantage of. 

“All of the players that they have brought in are good players and players who can affect games so we are well aware of them and their strengths but we think we will be able to get at them as well."

Saturday is also about remembering an iconic manager in the history of Oldham Athletic, Jimmy Frizzell and the manager paid his own tribute to the great man.

“Jimmy is arguably one of the greatest managers Oldham has ever had who sadly passed away,” he said. 

"It’s something the club should definitely be proud of and remember the good times he brought to the football club. Hopefully if we get a small bit of what he had then we will all be delighted.”

The fans have been right behind the manager since he walked through the door last month and he praised them for their support.

“The crowd have been fantastic and really got behind what we are trying to do,” he explained. 

“There is a little section of supporters who have sung my name from the minute I came in but it’s great that people are buying into it and it’s great when you are winning games. 

“Even when we weren’t winning games, people could still see what we were trying to do. 

"If they can see the work rate and energy put in, results won’t always go your way, but they can’t question the commitment. I think that’s what people want to see when the players pull on the shirt.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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