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Gaffer Fully Focused On Tomorrow’s Game Against Fleetwood Town

30 December 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson is fully focused on getting a result against Fleetwood Town tomorrow afternoon and sending the travelling support home happy.

The gaffer has already masterminded a victory over the Cod Army this season, beating them 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy and he is fully focused on getting a win tomorrow afternoon.

He said: "They have only lost once at home in the league this season. They haven’t lost in nine games so it’s going to be a tough game. 

"We have been there before this season and got a good result against them and we have some happy memories there. Sometimes that is a good thing. 

“I’m still talking about goals I scored against Notts County so maybe it just triggers some positivity in their minds. 

“They have got threats, Uwe has a style of play where he wants to play through the thirds so it gives us an opportunity to press them. 

“They have threats up front but if we produce the performance like we did at Sheffield United then I am confident.”

The manager has Ousmane Fane back from suspension but the midfielder will face a fight to get back in the team.

“I thought Josh Law was terrific and one of our best players against Sheffield United last week,” Robinson commented. 

“Josh has played a lot of his career in the holding midfield position and it’s a big bonus from that game for us. 

“Ousmane has a fight on his hands, he needs to add a lot more discipline into his game because he gets a yellow card and we’re constantly walking on a knife edge but we don’t want to take that commitment away from him, we just have to manage it."

With 2016 almost over, the manager took the opportunity to thank fans for their support this season.

“At the moment we have not given the fans a lot to cheer about,” he admitted. “We have put in the performance but not put the points on the table. 

“If anybody doesn’t see the circumstances I am working under, the lack of funds, the lack of players we have been able to bring in at the start of the season, then I don’t know what to say. 

“We are doing our best with what we have and we are really confident we can turn this place around and without the fans support, there is no football club. 

"The fans are the football club. A lot of people travelled to Sheffield and I get a lot of positivity from them. 

"One fan says I need to prove people wrong, I think you need to prove the vast majority right. The vast majority of people around this place are good people. 

“Good staff I have, good staff in the background and it would be great to move this club forward for them and the people that travel week in week out.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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