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Gaffer Faces Selection Headache Ahead Of Swindon Town Clash

23 September 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson has selection headaches ahead of tomorrow’s game against Swindon Town.

Full back Jamie Reckord played the full 90 minutes during a midweek reserve game against Carlisle United and is available to face the Robins tomorrow.

Another man to force his way into the manager’s plans is Ryan McLaughlin who netted the second goal in Tuesday’s game.

However, Robinson admitted all players are in contention to play and nobody’s place is safe in the side.

He said: “We’ve got a lot of fighting for places now. 

"Jamie Reckord is fit again and Cameron Dummigan is pushing for a place but we’ve got one of the best defences in the league at the moment on stats so there is no need to change anything at the moment but it’s healthy to have that competition. 

"The back four has been terrific. Peter Clarke, Cameron Burgess, Josh Law and Charles Dunne have been good and when Brian Wilson has stepped in as well and made no mistakes so he’s been great as well.

“They have got a lot to fight for now so everyone is contention now for Saturday and next Tuesday’s game.”

Latics currently sit one place ahead of Swindon Town as goal difference separates the two sides.

“There is not a lot between seven or eight clubs and one win takes us up to around ninth so we are aiming to win the game,” he commented.

"It’s our home game and we’re looking to capitalise on a good point last week. Swindon are a good side that come out and play football. 

"They take risks and play out from the goalkeeper all the time but it’s something we can get on top of them. We have a high energy pressing game and that’s what we intend to do.”

The Community Trust, with the aid of the club, have handed out 300 tickets to schools and the manager hopes they help create a good atmosphere tomorrow. 

“Families and young fans are the lifeblood of the club,” he said. “We need to attract more people into the football club so it’s a great move. 

“I’d personally give 1,000 away and get them all in and make a bit of noise. 

“Who knows, 100 might come back again with their friends or parents and I think the club have to show a bit of initiative to take it forward and get the fan base up."

From next week, the manager will be able to use little Wembley as a training ground for his players and he paid tribute to everyone who has helped complete it. 

“We have tried to bring the training ground up to standard and credit to the groundsmen, all the staff and everyone around the club,” he said.

“We have done everything to try and get it done and there has been a lot of hours put in. 

“People don’t see that side of things so it’s great to have the support of the staff who are trying to make the club better for the players. 

“Little things make a big difference so it allows us to work at the ground and the use of the gym is close on hand as well."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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