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Robinson Aiming To Capitalise On Positive Midweek Display

7 October 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson wants to capitalise on a strong midweek away performance and take it into Saturday’s game against Gillingham.

Billy Mckay and Lee Erwin scored the goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Fleetwood Town and now the manager knows it is important to turn that into our league form. 

He said: “We went away to Coventry and didn’t capitalise on the performance, we went to Charlton and didn’t capitalise on the performance, and it’s sad that the two home performances were poor. 

“I’d love to bottle up the away performances and take them back home but we have to now get on a little run of results starting on Saturday. 

"The boys are full of confidence as they have been after their performances. We just have to make sure they are ready for Saturday and we firmly believe they are. 

"Saturday doesn’t hold any fears for us at all, and neither should the home games if I’m being honest. The results have dictated that we are doing better away from home at the moment. 

“We have three hard games coming up but we are confident we can get something out of the games and the boys believe they can go and get a result on Saturday."

Gillingham sit 12th in Sky Bet League One at the moment and the manager knows it will be a tough game.

“They are a good side, I know Justin Edinburgh really well after playing at Spurs with him,” he commented.

“They have got their team hard working, they are disciplined and they have got some really good players. 

“Bradley Dack is a really talented boy and Paul Konchesky at left back starts a lot of their play so we are aware of what they can do but it’s about what Oldham team turns up. 

“If the one at Charlton and Fleetwood turns up and not the one at home to Swindon and MK Dons then we are confident we can beat anybody."

Cameron Dummigan and Ryan McLaughlin will be missing due to international duty but Carl Winchester impressed during midweek and could keep his position in the team.

“Carl might not have got his chance had Ryan been here,” Robinson admitted. “Ultimately he didn’t play for Northern Ireland last night as he had a thigh strain but Cameron did play. 

“They are two good players making strides in the team so it sets you back when they come out of the team but it allows other people opportunities. 

"Brian Wilson came in and took his opportunity and so did Carl so we will see on Saturday.

"I love Carl as a boy and he is Oldham through and through. When I came here his head wasn’t right and his fitness levels were not where I wanted them to be and Carl acknowledged that. 

"Carl has worked his socks off and he got his chance on Tuesday night and took it with both hands. When people go away sometimes people get opportunities and Carl has done great for us. 

“I still think he can be fitter and stronger and if he is he probably isn’t playing League One football. 

“He is someone we will keep working with, keep pushing and I’m delighted he is back in the squad again."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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