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Robinson: “The League Is Our Priority But We Will Field A Strong Team.”

3 October 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson has hinted at fielding a strong side tomorrow in a bid to turn around the club’s current form.

The manager is keen to build up momentum ahead of the weekend’s game against Gillingham in the league and believes a strong performance tomorrow could revitalise their season. 

He said: “It’s hard to predict what sort of team Fleetwood will put out but we will go with a stronger team because we want to turn our form around and go on a run. 

"It’s all about us tomorrow because if we get the team that played against Coventry, Charlton and Bury away then we will be fine but what we don’t want is a repeat of what happened on Saturday. 

“The league is our priority but we will put out a strong team.”

Robinson has a couple of players missing through international duty but the players coming in have a chance to force their way into the manager’s plans for the weekend. 

“We have a few enforced changes with the players away on international duty,” he commented. 

“We’ve just got Cameron Dummigan into the team and Ryan McLaughlin is starting to play and Jahraldo is knocking on the door so it gives other people an opportunity. 

"Carl Winchester has been knocking at the door the last two weeks so it gives people an opportunity. The fact is we are not scoring goals so people get the chances to prove that. 

“We have tried every combination of strikers, we’ve tried three on the pitch and four on the pitch so people like Carl and Ryan Flynn can come in and show that they can make a difference and create a bit more.”

The manager understands the frustrations of the supporters but admits there is nobody more frustrated than himself at the moment. 

“When you put in the hours and time into the football club that we do, I don’t think people on the outside see that,” he said.  

"We are desperate for success and desperate to give the fans something to cheer about. We are as frustrated as them, and believe me, I really am. 

“It’s difficult to say get behind the players but the players have to give them something to get behind. 

“They have to be first to the ball, they have to play with an energy and desire and at times that has been lacking. 

“The fans have to get behind the players but the players have to give the fans something to get behind. 

“We are all well aware of the consequences of not winning games but everyone is trying their very best to try and turn things around."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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