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Wellens Warns Against Complacency In Cup

2 November 2017

Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens is urging his players to put on a professional performance against Carlisle United in the FA Cup First Round.

Latics travel to Brunton Park this Saturday to face Keith Curle's side who are currently 16th in Sky Bet League Two and are unbeaten in their last four.

Wellens' team had their first defeat in eight matches last weekend but the manager says the confidence is still high.

“If we can go and get on another little run, seven games unbeaten we’d like to take that.” Wellens said.

“It’s a different competition now, the FA Cup is an important competition for this club and like every club we want to try and make it to the third round, make some money and try and get a big tie but also bring some excitement to the fans.

“When it gets to the third round of the FA Cup everyone looks forward to it because the big boys are in the hat so it’s about going there being professional and making sure we’re in the second round draw.

“It’s probably the best cup competition in the world, every single club in the country is involved so it’s exciting.

“We could have had an easier draw, Carlisle are a good side and they like to attack with a lot of players so it’ll be a tough game but we’re looking forward to it and we go there with confidence.

“The game against Scunthorpe hasn’t dented our confidence because there were a lot of positives to come out of it, it was the first time we’ve been two down and comeback from it so that was a positive.

“I might have one or two changes enforced on me so there’s noting I can control but other than that I was planning on making a few more changes but we had a game in the week against Fleetwood Town and not many players impressed so it’s just changed my thinking a little bit.

“Carlisle are a team you can’t be complacent with because of their attack, they throw a lot of bodies forward and if we’re not on our game it’ll be a very difficult afternoon for us.

“I want them to be focused and work the way we’ve been working and if they perform like we have we’ll win the game, we’ve got better quality than them but they are a threat so if the players aren’t on it it’s a dangerous game.”

Oldham Athletic take on Carlisle in Round One of the FA Cup on Saturday, November 4, 3pm kick off at Brunton Park.

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