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Robinson: “We Know What To Expect.”

9 August 2016

Manager Steve Robinson knows what to expect from Wigan Athletic as his side take them on in the EFL Cup first round tonight (7.45pm kick off).

Robinson’s men fell to a 1-0 defeat in pre-season to Wigan Athletic and the manager believes his side will be well prepared for Gary Caldwell’s men. 

He said: "Wigan won’t change their style of play for us. They will try and play football throughout the three thirds, they will come through the middle of the pitch and they like to overload in that area so we are well prepared for them. 

“We know what to expect, they are a good side, spent a lot of money and they did very well last season so they are a side we came against in pre-season and we know we are able to compete with them and that’s what we intend to do."

Competitive football returns to SportsDirect.com Park, with the tie set to be settled on the night.

“It’s a one off game,” said Robinson. “We are just looking for a steady improvement and an improvement on Saturday. We’re are looking for people to step up on the ball and make things happen. 

“Ryan McLaughlin won’t be in a starting position, he is not ready for that because he’s only trained four days so we will shuffle it around a little bit. 

“I’m still learning about the players, what they can do within the system and we have to mould something quickly."

The manager is still in the market for players after adding McLaughlin to his side yesterday and admits to being close to another signing.

“We were hoping to have a striker sealed but his parent club are still in a stage where they need to keep bodies at the club so he won’t be available for tonight but we’re very much hoping that he will be available for Saturday,” he explained.

“That deal is being done, without mentioning names to alert anybody else to it, we will have a striker in the building for Saturday, or latest Monday."

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