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Wellens Believes Supporters Can Make Huge Impact This Weekend

12 October 2017

Interim manager Richie Wellens believes the Oldham Athletic supporters can make a huge difference this weekend against Blackburn Rovers.

It’s an all-ticket clash on Saturday with around 8,000 fans expected inside SportsDirect.com Park.

And the interim boss believes the fans could make a huge impact this weekend.

He said: “The last time I played for this club in the play-offs, there were 10/11,000 here and it’s that type of ground where the atmosphere can be really good.

“You get these new modern stadiums, and even if there is 20,000 in there, the atmosphere can sometimes get lost but the atmosphere here can be really good if the crowd are behind you and we will look forward to that.

“I sensed against Peterborough United that there was a feel good factor about the performance and if we can continue that then hopefully we will get a good crowd.

“I know the Blackburn fans have sold a lot so hopefully the Oldham fans can come out and see how well the players are doing and hopefully we can keep that feel good factor going.

“We know we are going to lose games, but as long as the performances are there, I’m comfortable in what we can achieve.”

Blackburn have won their last two games, as have Latics so it is set up to be a big game at SportsDirect.com Park.

He commented: “Blackburn are a big club who were a Premier League/top Championship club, have got a massive budget, and you can go on about all those things but at the end of the day, it’s 11 players against 11 players so if we get our tactics right and carry on the work rate that we are doing then I’m confident we can get a result.

“I watched them against Gillingham at home and Shrewsbury away and they like to play a few different systems.

“They played a 4-4-2 against Shrewsbury, a 4-2-3-1 against Gillingham so it’s about second guessing them and we are going to do some work to try and counteract that. I will watch another game before the weekend as well.

“They have got a lot of players who are top players in this division. If you look at Charlie Mulgrew, Danny Graham, Corry Evans, Peter Whittingham, they are players who have played in the Premier League so they are going to be a threat but we just need to make sure we are on our game.”

Wellens, who is aiming for his fourth win in as many games, is keen for his players to remain focused ahead of the weekend’s game.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation but the one thing I’m going to get across to the players is to forget everything that is going on in and around the club, the most important thing is the game against Blackburn,” he said.

“Whatever is going on in the background, let people deal with that, I just want the players to concentrate on playing and trying to get a result and keep the good run going and keep moving up the table.”

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