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Wellens Praises Team Spirit

8 February 2018

Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens has praised his side’s team spirit ahead of this weekend’s match against Blackburn Rovers.

Latics won their first league game of 2018 when they beat Bradford City on Saturday and the manager is keen to capitalise on it.

“The run we’ve been on has been disappointing but they players have all stuck and been true to themselves and that’s been really pleasing,” said Wellens.

“The fact that they’re willing to fight for every single ball each week even though they’ve been struggling. Hopefully now there are more wins ahead.

“Team spirit can take you a long way, when you look across the dressing room at your mates and you’re willing to run through brick walls for them it can go a long way.

“We trained on Tuesday and then we allowed them to go paintballing after; it was something which they enjoyed as a group.

“There’s a good set of lads there and they’re all good characters. When you are losing you see what characters there are and they’ve all stepped up and now when you win a game you see the character from that side.”

The side travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers who are currently third in the Sky Bet League One table.

The manager believes it will be a tough test but his players will be fully focused and motivated.

“When you go to a team like Blackburn Rovers you don’t need a team talk because the facilities and the surroundings do that for you,” he said.

“Tony Mowbray is a fantastic manager and someone that I respect a lot and look up to.

“I think he’s made some really good signings in January to try and push the club up to get automatic promotion.

“We’ll pass the ball, what we don’t want is if they play 4-4-2 their fullbacks go really high, the wingers come in and they create big overloads in midfield.

“We don’t want to be open for them to pass it through us.

“I went to watch them against Walsall and it could have been 10, they cut through them at will.

“We’ll go about our game plan and try and get a positive result out of the game.”

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