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Gardner Determined To Avoid Relegation

20 April 2018

Oldham Athletic midfielder Dan Gardner is determined to avoid relegation and admits a previous experience is motivating him.

Latics are currently one point ahead of the drop zone with four games to go.

Despite the current situation, Gardner remains confident that the team will maintain their Sky Bet League One status.

“Everyones upbeat,” the 28-year-old said.

“Obviously you do look around you, up and down the table but we’ve just got to play as we know we can play and we should be ok.

“This league is hard, every game you play is not easy, everyone is good in the dressing room and knows the ability that’s in there.

“If we use our ability on Saturday, Tuesday and the other coming games then we should be alright.”

Dan Gardner joined from Chesterfield in the summer of 2017 following their relegation from Sky Bet League One, a situation he says he didn’t enjoy.

“I’ve only ever been in it once before,” Gardner commented.

“For me personally I never want to get relegated again, it’s a horrible feeling so I’ll be doing everything I can and I’m sure the lads will as well.

“It was a horrible time so it drives you on to not be in this position in the first place but we’re here and I know what it’s like to get relegated and I never want that on my CV again and I don’t want any of the lads to have it.”

This weekend Latics take on AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium where a win would see Richie Wellens' side go ahead of the Dons.

“It’s going to be another tough game,” Gardner said.

“There wasn’t much football played from our side against Rochdale so hopefully it’s a more football based game but they’re fighting for there lives as well so it could be another horrible game but one that we need to step up and get the points.”

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