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Wild Is Looking Forward To Cheltenham

18 April 2019

Head Coach Pete Wild is looking forward to taking his side to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Good Friday for what he believes will be an exciting encounter.

As Latics prepare for the busy Easter period, Wild is confident that his forward planning will pay off. 

"All the preparation bumps forward a day, so we've had a good week, the lads are raring to go again and we're looking forward to what is going to be a really exciting but tough Easter weekend."

He added: "This time being in the job a little bit longer we've had time to plan and time to prepare so we feel like we're ready for the tests ahead. 

"We can now manage our days and manage our schedule a little bit better having had that time to come into it."

Despite their league standing, Wild knows The Robins will be a difficult game against a team who have been in excellent form over the last ten games.

"You're going to see a completely different side that you saw at Boundary Park earlier in the season.

"Fair play to Michael [Duff] he's got them playing, he's got this 3-5-2 system that is really heavily based on possession based football and getting the ball wide, so I think you're going to see a completely different game.

"And what a run they've been on by the way. A fantastic run they've got themselves into, so they're a really good threat and probably if the season was a couple of months back you'd say Cheltenham would be bumping themselves into the top-half.

"So I'm really looking forward to playing them because they give us something different to combat, but what an exciting fixture, I've enjoyed doing my homework on them and watching their games."

Whilst he admires Cheltenham, Wild knows he wants his side to get back to its best and overcome the struggles they faced against Swindon last weekend.

"Structurally I think we got it a little bit wrong and we spoke about it on Monday with the lads and we showed them some clips against Swindon and showed them some clips of Tranmere and how that looked differently structurally.

"So we've addressed that now and looked at their threats on the training pitch and looked at how we're going to combat that. So hopefully we'll get it a little bit structurally better on Friday and we can then get back to being this team that's on the front-foot."

With a quick turnaround after Friday, the Latics Head Coach is focused on one task at a time.

"It's game by game for us. We're going to look at what we need to do for Friday and then on the bus back on Friday it'll be a case of 'right what are we going to do Monday'. I don't want to get ahead of ourselves."

With two important games over Easter, Wild may have to change his starting lineup slightly for the first time, but will be without Dearnley once again.

"Zak came back to the club this week, but won't be in contention for the weekend.

"We've also got a couple of other knocks that are being assessed, but I don't want to really give them away until I know for definite."

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