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Robinson: “Wembley Is A Massive Incentive For The Players.”

9 January 2017

Three games separate Oldham Athletic and a place at Wembley and manager Stephen Robinson hopes the players take motivation from that.

Athletic face Mansfield Town in the third round of the competition and could progress to the quarter final of the competition should Latics get the win. 

He said: “It’s been one thing that’s kept our season alive so we are determined it stays like that. 

“If we win then we are only two games away from Wembley so it’s a massive incentive. 

“I’ve told the boys that I managed to get there in my playing career and there were 69,000 people at Wembley and sometimes it’s the pinnacle of people’s careers and there are a lot of boys in our dressing room which it will be the pinnacle. 

“We are currently three games away from that so if that doesn’t motivate them then nothing will.”

With no game this weekend, it allowed the manager to take a closer look at Mansfield ahead of the game as he watched their 3-0 win over Crawley Town on Saturday.

"Steve Evans has made some good signings. They a big, strong, physical side,” he admitted.

“They get the ball forward early, they don’t mess about and they put balls into the box so it’s going to be a similar game to Lincoln. 

“They have got a bit of quality in their team as well, Matt Green up top is a big threat for them so we have to be on our metal. 

“We have showed in the past that when three or four players don’t turn up then you get pushed over and pushed about and that can’t happen this time.”
  
In terms of team news, the manager gave an update from the treatment room.

“We have got a couple of niggles still,” he said. 

“Marc Klok and Lee Erwin have only trained for a day so they will be doubtful to be involved. 

“They are in the squad but we will have to assess them again tomorrow and Charles Dunne isn’t quite fit yet.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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