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Sheridan Boosted By Return Of Defensive Duo

13 March 2017

Manager John Sheridan is boosted by the return of defensive duo Rob Hunt and Brian Wilson for tomorrow’s game against Oxford United.

Wilson missed Saturday’s game against Bury due to suspension and Rob Hunt was ruled out with a slight hamstring strain. 

However, both are back in contention tomorrow and the manager now has a selection dilemma ahead of the game.

He said: “Rob Hunt is okay and Brian Wilson is back in contention, and they are two players who have featured regularly for me so they will add to what we already have. 

"Whatever team I pick will hopefully will get the result we are after. There might be possibly more changes. 

"I’ve got a big squad and there is maybe one or two players maybe playing too many games but that’s a decision I’ll make. We are doing okay so I don’t want to mix too much up.”

Oxford United are the visitors to SportsDirect.com Park and the gaffer admits home form is a positive for his side.

“The big problem is finding the back of the net but I wouldn’t say it was a massive problem because our form at home since I’ve come in has been good,” he commented. 

"We’re at home tomorrow against Oxford who again are a good team. They have a better away record than they do a home one so I’m expecting a tough game, but it’s a game I know we can win. 

“Our home form has been decent and it’s two points a game so far. 14 points from seven games is promotion form so that’s a good comeback from the players so credit to them. 

“I want us to be positive, we have a decent record whilst I’ve been here and we go into the game knowing that. 

“Not many teams want to play us at this moment in time so we are hopefully going to give Oxford United a good game."

The U’s have a good away record this season but admitted that anybody can beat anybody on their day.

“Every game is tough,” he admitted. “I think personally that the league is evenly matched. 

“You get Sheffield United who pay extra money and Bolton Wanderers who have that little bit of quality, but Fleetwood are proving that you can be up there and not spend fortunes. 

“You just need that consistency and players who are playing with confidence, if you have that then you always have a chance of winning. 

"If you are on your game, everyone is on a par but there are one or two that are stronger and better. On our day I think we can beat anyone in the league but I do think Oxford are having a decent season.

“They have got a place at Wembley and they have a chance of the play offs so they will come here and expect a tough game and we will give them one.” 

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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