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Wright Believes Latics Can Cause Fleetwood A Lot Of Problems

7 September 2017

Assistant boss Tommy Wright believes Oldham Athletic can cause Fleetwood Town a lot of problems at the weekend.

The Cod Army have started the season well, losing only one game so far but Wright insists Latics can take the game to them at the weekend.

He said: “I watched Fleetwood a lot last season and the one thing I noticed they were very organised and very difficult to beat.

“They were very structured in how they played, disciplined, didn’t concede a lot so it will be a tough game.

“They are all tough games but we feel we have the ability to cause them trouble.

“Craig Davies played well last week, Doyle played well, the two strikers looked lively and gave them lots of trouble and hopefully they can carry it on to Saturday and cause Fleetwood some trouble.”

Latics are boosted by the return of Ryan McLaughlin and Cameron Dummigan from international duty and Wright gave an update on the progress of the injured players.

“They are all progressing well,” he commented. “Tope Obadeyi will start training next week, Flynn a week away, Green a couple of weeks, so they’re progressing.

“Duffus came in one day and had a bit of an infection, he didn’t feel well, the doctor diagnosed it was pleurisy.

“We sent him to a specialist and he found he had fluid on his lungs, which was quite serious.

“He was in hospital for three or four days, had that drained and he’s out of hospital now. Hopefully he can kick on.

“He started so well at Accrington, everybody saw how well he did, then he got this illness and it has set him back, but I can assure the Oldham fans that he will be a big asset to the club.”

A club statement last week revealed a reserve team will be re-introduced and Wright sees a huge benefit to that.

“With the numbers that we’ve got in the building at the moment we need a reserve team,” Wright insisted.

“We will arrange a game probably each week to keep people ticking over. We’ll keep looking at these lads progressing, especially the foreign players as they adjust to a new division.

“It is different for them, League One will be at lot different from France or in Holland. It’s just gaging how they will adjust to it, how they progress, and obviously the only way to do that is by playing games.

“The way to progress if you’re one of the best players of the youth team to progress to the under 23s or the reserves then to the first team, that’s always how it works.

“Jay Sheridan and Frankie Antoine scored against Everton and it’s good for their confidence because they came in and did well.

“It’s just a learning curve and an advancement of their careers.”

A healthy crowd is expected at Highbury on Saturday and Wright believes it’s important the fans get right behind the players.

He said: “I’ve been in this situation a few times and everybody needs to stay patient. We feel we have got good players but we just need to gel a bit better.

“Obviously there has been a lot of talk about the takeover but that shouldn’t be a distraction. Once you cross the line, you’ve got a job to do as an individual and a as a team.

“As I say I’ve got faith. I can assure the fans we will still keep working hard, the players are working hard, we just need to brush up on one or two things and we could easily go on a run of winning four or five games.

“Things can change quickly, the fans just need to keep faith in the team, the manager and the coaching staff with what’s happening and we will be okay.”


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