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Another tough one...

21 March 2014

Club News

Another tough one...

21 March 2014

JG looks ahead to the trip to Oldham

Reds enjoyed their best result under John Gregory on Tuesday but the manager says celebrations following the win over Wolves did not go on too long.

In fact, a few minutes after the final whistle signalled our 2-1 win, the thoughts of the manager and players turned to Saturday’s game against Oldham Athletic.

It will be our ninth game in four weeks, a run that has so far yielded 15 points and lifted Reds into 12th place.

When we returned to action the manager set a target of two points per game until the end of the season and a win at Boundary Park would keep us on track with 18 points from nine games.

The players headed north today and will train in Lancashire in advance of the fixture, which JG is expecting to be every bit as tough as Tuesday’s was.

He said: “We all enjoyed beating Wolves – especially the fans – but in football one of the great truisms is you are only as good as your last game. It’s a cliché but that’s because it’s true. If we don’t get a result on Saturday Wolves won’t mean nearly as much.

“Oldham have got some dangerous players and, like us, they have a lot to play for. Our attitude and approach to this game has to be the same as it was for Wolves and so must the execution of our game plan.

“To be fair to the boys, their attitude since Tuesday has been spot on. As soon as the game finished they were all talking about the need to make sure we don’t spoil two good results with a bad one. The club have only ever won three in a row at this level once so it would be great to match that and then kick on next Tuesday against Sheffield United.”

The boss reports no new injury concerns and Rory Fallon was in the party that travelled, having recovered from his sore heel.

“We work very hard on recovery and preparation between games as everyone knows and I am not surprised really at how well the boys have coped with the schedule we’ve had," added John.

"We are more than a third of a way through it but you’d be amazed how little you feel the aches and pains and tiredness when you are winning games – long may it continue.”

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