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Wild: "It's Another Game"

12 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild is treating the visit of Swindon Town to Boundary Park as just another game and refuses to get carried away.

After three, three 2-0's wins on the bounce, Wild is focused on the task ahead and has had another uninterrupted week to prepare his squad.

"It's been another good week, it was obviously a tough week last week so we've had to look after some tired bodies at the start of the week, but we've ramped it up as the week has gone on.

"I just see it as another game, I'm not prepared to get carried away we've had a good week and that's all it has been, a good week. "

He added: "It's just another game of football against a team that's in and around us, so whoever comes out on top gives themselves a chance. But the message from me to everybody out there is it's another game."

In the past three games against Grimsby, Tranmere and Colchester Wild has named an unchanged starting line-up, but it's not entirely down to the performances on the pitch, more about who can counteract the opposition's threats. 

"You've got to praise people when they do well and give them that opportunity to continue. But it's also been based on who we're playing so we felt with the three opposition we played last week that we didn't have to change much. 

"We'll have to assess that ahead of the weekend and see what sort of threats Swindon look at and then we'll decide on the team of who we think is more appropriate to play against Swindon."

A boost to Latics is that Jose Baxter has served his three match suspension and will be back in contention. Having strength in depth at just the right time.

"We've got a really good squad now, we've got some important players back, it really fills the squad and gets people pushing for their places. It also allows us to tweak and change when appropriate. 

"We're really happy with the squad we've got now and we're going to need them all as we go into the run-in for the last six games and hopefully they'll get their chance."

One player who will miss the action at the weekend will be the on-loan attacker from Manchester United. An update on Wild was provided as he looks to have him back sooner rather than later. 

"Zak won't make the weekend again. We're just seeing how things are settling down with him, he's got a tight groin and his hamstring aren't great.

"Because he's such an explosive player he's going to pick injuries up like this, so we'll assess how he is at the start of next week."


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