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Gaffer Hoping To Continue Level Of Performance Against Peterborough United Tomorrow

25 November 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson wants to take the level of performance from the last two games into Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash against Peterborough United.

Although Athletic only came away with one point from their last two games, the performances have fully deserved more points.

Latics dominated the league leaders Scunthorpe United whilst should have come away with three points against Port Vale on Tuesday night.

And speaking ahead of the game, boss Robinson knows if his side continue that level of performance, his side will cause Peterborough United, who are in good form, problems.

He said: “They have a terrific record at the moment. They had won five games in a row up until Tuesday where they lost to Scunthorpe United. 

"They have got a good exciting team and a midfield which is very dangerous and we are well aware of. We looked at their strengths and weaknesses and it’s very much about us, which I’ve said most weeks. 

“We look at the opposition and make our players aware of them, but we don’t concentrate too much on them. 

"We have to worry about ourselves, if we play to our capabilities which we have showed in the last few weeks then I have no doubt we could beat anybody. 

"I know Grant McCann, I’ve played with him and done my coaching badges with him. He’s put a real good side together and he’s done really well. 

"He has made a few changes and enhanced what they already had there. They play terrific football and have had some good results recently. 

“We have had them watched a few times and they will be a big threat."

Cameron Dummigan missed Tuesday’s game due to injury, and the gaffer gave an update on his situation, as well as fellow injured players.

“Cameron has struggled playing three games in a week,” Robinson admitted. “He has a heavy workload and you have to remember he is a young boy. 

“He has come from academy football which is a huge difference between that and the hustle and bustle of league football. 

“He was feeling the back of his knees slightly before the game against Port Vale but we will reassess him. 

"It gives other people opportunities and Josh Law did well on Tuesday so I have a selection headache ahead of the game so that’s a nice position to be in. 

"Paul Green is touch and go for the game. He has had a calf problem, so we can either take the chance on him but we run the risk that he might be out for four or five weeks, it might be that he just needs one more week to get over his injury. 

“Brian Wilson will be touch and go for the game as he got a slight groin injury in the snow last week so we are assessing them as well.”

Whilst issues off the pitch have been highlighted this week, the manager gave his thoughts after watching the chairman’s interview.

“I thought it was very open and honest,” he said. "Simon has not tried to dress the club up in something that it isn’t. We don’t have millions of pounds and the cash flow isn’t there. 

"It’s not there for a lot of clubs in this division either. We get 3,500 fans and we try to stay in this division constantly, and we’ve done that. 

“In the last seven or eight seasons, the highest position has been 15th so Simon has tried to keep the club going and credit to him. 

“He has openly said it’s not an open pot of money, we need to get investment into the club. 

“It’s a tough job for him and he gets a lot of criticism, I don’t know what the ins and outs were before I came to the football club so I can only speak as I’ve seen since being here and say that Simon has backed me with what we have available to us. 

“We haven’t got millions of pounds to sign players and I knew that before I came in so it’s not something I’m using as an excuse. 

"People want honesty, and that’s what he’s done. He has invited people to come in and speak about the club and the finances but we all know it won’t satisfy everybody. 

"He will always have people who hide behind the internet and say what they say on it. I don’t read it, it doesn’t affect me and it certainly won’t be affecting anything we are trying to do. 

“We can only do what we are doing on the football pitch and transform the club. 

“We are trying to create a positive attitude around the club and 99% of fans have been behind me and the football club and that’s what we need. 

“We need them to come out in their numbers because the more people who can back the club, the more money there is to spend and the better you can enhance the football team.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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