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Wellens: “The Performance Levels Are There.”

23 November 2017

Manager Richie Wellens is hoping for another performance from his players on Saturday as they face the long trip to Gillingham.

With the frustration of Tuesday night out the way, Latics can now concentrate on the game and Wellens believes a good performance will see his side come away with three points.

He said: “We’ll train today and then we’ll travel to Gillingham tomorrow. We’ll stop half way down and we’ll train.

“We’ve watched a couple of videos on them, so the lads will be okay and ready to go on Saturday.”

“We obviously want a result. People always say ‘let’s get so many points out of these games’, but I’ll keep saying it again, concentrate on the performance. The performance levels are there.

“Everyone’s confident. Everyone’s playing well. Keep doing that and play the same levels we did on Tuesday night and we’ll win the game.”

Defender Anthony Gerrard has come into the side recently and Wellens has been impressed with his attitude.

“I think by his own admission, he was disappointing at the start of the season,” he commented.

“I don’t think he performed to the best of his capabilities. I think I wouldn’t play both him and Peter Clarke together at the same time because I think it’s like two centre forwards.

“If you have two big men up front, they don’t complement each other. If you have different strike partners then the complement each other better. I think that’s the same with centre halves.

“I think Kean Bryan complements both of them very well, so whoever plays, I expect them to be at that quality because they are characters, they are leaders and the way that they play, they’ve got too much quality to be playing at the bottom end of this league.”

Dan Gardner is expected to return to the side following suspension and Wellens gave an injury update ahead of the game.

“Courtney Duffus will be doubtful,” he admitted. “Brian Wilson’s got a knock, but other than that I think everybody who game out of the game on Tuesday will be involved.

“Dan Gardner will come in. I thought Paul Green was excellent. Paul is a great example to the younger players and is a great professional.

“He has played international football and he came in and has done exactly what I expected him to do.

“Dan Gardner’s been playing really well for us, so he comes back into the squad.”


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