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Wellens Remains Calm

19 April 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens is remaining calm and urging his players to feel the same way going into the final four matches of the season.

Latics are currently a point above the relegation zone and have big opportunity climb the table and go above Saturday’s opponents with a win.

“We’ve got this game away at Wimbledon which is a huge game then we’ve got two home games,” said Wellens.

“When I spoke after the Wigan match I said ‘this game isn’t going to decide where we’re going to be this season,’ the Wimbledon away match and the two home games will define where we’re going to be next season.

“For my mindset it’s easy because we know what we’ve got to do but what I don’t want is people worrying about it.

“The games are few and far between now and every game goes past it’s another week by and another game ticked off.

“We just want to go out and win the next one, you can think that we’ve got four games left and ask how many points we need from these four, forget about it because you can’t control the next three, just think about the next one and try and get three points.

“If we get three points at Wimbledon it will put us in a better position.

“Nothing comes easy, lets go there with a real positive mindset and a belief that we’re going to win the game.

“I’m going to get some pace into the team, away from home I want some counter attacking speed and hopefully we’ll create a lot of chances.”

When Latics took on Rochdale on Tuesday night the side were still without striker Craig Davies, who has scored 14 goals this season.

The manager believes the 32-year-old has a 50/50 chance of returning from an ankle injury against AFC Wimbledon.

“It’s disappointing because I’ve said all along a want to get Doyle and Davies back in tandem as quickly as possible,” said Wellens.

“If people are injured there is nothing you can do.”


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