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Robinson: “I’m Expecting A Big Reaction From The Players.”

26 September 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson is expecting a response from his players as he takes his side to the capital to face Charlton Athletic tomorrow evening.

The gaffer was less than impressed with his side’s 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town on Saturday and is expecting his players to put in a much stronger performance against the Addicks. 

He said: “Charlton are a big club with a history, budget and fan base to match that so the budget dictates people’s expectations really. 

"They are up there and they have a squad which should be challenging up there. They have players which I looked at but couldn’t afford so we’re looking in the same players but they are a good team. 

“I watched them against Scunthorpe on Tuesday night and there wasn’t much between the two sides and Scunthorpe are right at the top of the table so it will be a tough game. 

"It’s going to be a tough game but we’re confident of putting in a good performance. I’m expecting a big reaction from the players on the back of our game on Saturday.”

After the game on Saturday Robinson hinted at making changes to his starting 11, and that’s a view he still has going into tomorrow’s game. 

“We have put a squad together and what is the point in having a squad if they aren’t going to have opportunities when the squad was that poor on Saturday,” he commented.

"It’s harsh because a lot of players have done well for me to an extent but we will make changes. 

"They trained well yesterday and the players that played did a recovery session. We had a look at things and had a chat about things. 

“They held their hands up and knew it wasn’t good enough so they are determined to put it right.

“The boys who we are challenging to go into the team such as Ryan McLaughlin, Calaum Jahraldo, Jamie Reckord and Cameron Dummigan offer a lot of pace but haven’t been match fit. 

“They are coming to the stages where they are ready to play and it gives us a lot of options."

It’s a long trip to Charlton Athletic on a Tuesday night and the manager paid tribute to the supporters.

“I can understand the fans’ frustrations on Saturday,” he admitted. "I felt their pain as well as it was a long 90 minutes but the boys have to react to that. 

"If they put in a performance like that then they are going to get a little bit of stick. In an ideal world the fans stay with you for 90 minutes and then show their emotions at the end but we live in the real world. 

“They pay a hell of a lot of money and to travel down to Charlton on a Tuesday night, we are very much appreciative of that. 

“They are going on a long journey straight from work, or they’ve had to book days off so we owe them a performance and hopefully we’ll do that."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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