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Robinson Admits His Players Are Full Of Confidence Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Game

14 October 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson is expecting a tough game from Bolton Wanderers but admits his side go into the game without fear and full of confidence.

Latics have won back-to-back games, beating Fleetwood Town in the Checkatrade Trophy and Gillingham in the league.

The gaffer admits that the confidence in the dressing room is high and wants to take that momentum into tomorrow’s game against the Trotters.

He said: “They are a tough side, any side Phil Parkinson is involved in then we know they will be organised. 

“They are big, they are strong and they are a big danger from set plays but we are prepared for that mentally and physically. 

“It’s a great occasion, it’s a big stadium, big crowd and it’s occasions we want to be involved in.

"They haven’t scored a huge amount of goals but we expect a very tough game. 

“Momentum is everything in this league and there aren’t a lot of points separating teams at the minute. 

"If you can put a run together then you climb the table. I think that we are just six points off fifth place so it’s something to aim for. 

“We’ve got a lot of confidence around the place at the moment, we did before the results, but to have an end product to it gives us a bit more belief.”

Latics are expected to take around 2,000 supporters to the Macron Stadium tomorrow and the gaffer knows the importance of putting a performance on for the travelling fans.

“It’s a great occasion going to a local rival, I’m well aware of how important it is to the fans so hopefully we will take big numbers there,” he commented.

“We hope they enjoy themselves without getting into any bother, be loud and be proud so hopefully we will give them something to be happy about.”

In terms of team news, the manager welcomes back Ryan McLaughlin and Cameron Dummigan who missed last weekend’s game against Gillingham, however, he conceded they would not walk straight back into the side. 

“The disappointing thing for them is that they just broke into the team,” he said. 

“They added pace and electricity to the place and they have gone away on international duty which is testament to their ability but we have won both games but it makes it difficult for them to come straight back into the team. 

“We have a slight problem with Ryan Flynn and we are waiting on a fitness test on that but everyone else is fighting fit."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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