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Wellens Predicts Tough Clash At The Weekend

5 April 2018

Manager Richie Wellens knows Saturday’s game against Oxford United will be tough but is going all out to win the game.

Karl Robinson has recently been appointed manager of the U’s and is still searching for his first victory and Wellens knows it will be a difficult task to get the three points.

He said: “Karl has got a way of playing where they keep the ball and keep possession.

“He is very highly respected at this level and has won promotion with MK Dons and done well with Charlton Athletic so he’s been at good clubs.

“He has had his head turned by Oxford and he thinks he can develop that club. I’m sure in the future he will do a good job but we just want to get something from the game.

“If we do get three points then it will go a long way to where we want to be. He is a good manager, it’s a good club but we will try and get three points.”

Preparations for the game started yesterday with an open training session for supporters to come down and watch, a day which Wellens thought was a success.

“It was really enjoyable and it was really great that there were a lot of kids here considering the weather for the previous 48 hours,” he said.

“It was raining constantly and you wake up in the morning and think should you cancel it and do it today when it’s sunny but fair play the weather held out.

“We put on a session where the ball is zipping about and there is goals flying in and the kids can be entertained.

“Some of the kids were running on at the end taking penalties and the groundsman was having kittens but they were taking penalties against the players and having a laugh and a joke so hopefully them memories will stay with them a long time.

“Hopefully they can go to their friends who support other clubs and say come down to Oldham and support them because we are trying to do things right.

“The credit has to go to the people that arrange it but also to the players. They didn’t do it half hearted, they did it to their best and put smiles on the kids faces and they showed how much enthusiasm they had for it.

“It was a really positive day and a good experience for everyone involved.”


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