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WELLENS: “The Confidence Is There”

28 December 2017

Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens says the confidence is still high in the dressing room despite the past two results.

It’s the first time Oldham have lost back to back in the league since Wellens took charge.

On the recent form, the manager said: “What we’ve got to try and get rid of at this club is when we win people get too high and when we lose games people get too low. I’m trying to stay in the middle.

“It’s a club that has won 14 games a year in the league, average. We’re trying to change the mentality of the players.

“If you watch the performance against Fleetwood Town no one lacked confidence, we kept going to the end, we pulled one back and then we were the team trying to get the equaliser.

“In terms of the work ethic and the confidence it was there again we just made two bad mistakes for the goals and gave the ball away in the wrong areas and sometimes you can’t help that.”

On Saturday, Latics host Bristol Rovers who are a point ahead of Wellens’ side in the Sky Bet League One table.

“It’s significant because if we win we overtake them. I think they’re a team that either win or lose apart from Saturday when they got their first draw of the season, we have been away at their ground at beat them.” Wellens said.

“Every single team in this league has a threat, every single team is good at set pieces and if we’re not on it we won’t win the game but if we are on it, I fancy us to really do well and win the game but we need to make sure we play a little bit quicker than on Saturday.”

It will be another quick turnaround for the side, on Monday the team travel to high flying Shrewsbury Town with the manager expecting to make a few changes.

“We’ve got some players who in my opinion won’t play two games in such a short space of time, especially 90 minutes so we’ll be trying to look after the players and make sure that after the game we assess them and see who is in the best condition to play.”


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