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Gaffer Looking To Build On Recent Cup Form

11 November 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson is looking to build on the recent cup form and take it into the league campaign.

After two wins from two in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, the manager wants to see his side climb the table and put a run together. 

He said: "The league form is massive. We bought a few pounds in through the door over the last week which was important but we need to start climbing the league now. 

"We have people fighting for places again now. Freddie Ladapo came in the other night and played really well, Billy and Lee did well, and Billy scored on Saturday as well so we’ve got people contributing all over the field now to goals. 

“Confidence is high but you can only put 10 starting outfield players on the pitch so people will be disappointed but that’s what we are trying to create here.”

Neal Ardley brings his side to SportsDirect.com Park tomorrow afternoon and Robinson knows it will be a tough test for his players.

“They are unbeaten in their last seven games away from home,” he commented. "They have a good away record and they have only lost the first game of the season away from home. 

"They have scored a lot of goals in the final period of the game but we will have to be on our metal. Set plays will be massive to us tomorrow. 

"They have got big threats over the pitch, one which used to be here as well, but we are well aware of that. It will come down to individual performances in both boxes and we must win that.”

Since walking through the door, the manager has tried to breed positivity into the club and he believes everyone is starting to come together to create a good atmosphere around the club.

He said: “The other night, we won on penalties, the general attitude around the place would be that we drew the game, but had we lost the game on penalties, people would have said we lost, so that rounded off the mentality that we had around the place but that is changing now. 

“We are trying to bring everyone together, football staff, office staff, supporters, I’ve noticed a real feel amongst the crowd, especially away from home, they have been fantastic. 

"Now at home, they have started to get behind the team and credit to them. We are asking for more of the same because you pay a hell of a lot of money to support the club so we are saying get behind us and it hasn’t half made a difference. 

"You can see on Saturday, there was no negatively and it was great. We are fully aware that winning games has an effect and winning two games during the week helps that so we are hoping for more of the same on Saturday.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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