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9 October 2015

Heading into Saturday’s away game at Oldham Athletic, manager Mark Robins has stated the side are in good spirits after a hard-working week of training.

The side search for back-to-back wins for the first time since February and the first away victory since January, but travel to the Arena full of confidence following last week’s clean sheet and a 1-0 triumph over Fleetwood Town.

“The players have been in as usual and have worked really hard and are in really good spirits, despite the fact they’ve had to graft and work hard,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“They’ve put some really good shifts in. It was good from a physical standpoint, a mental standpoint and a technical standpoint, so we’ve covered every base.

“We’ve spoken about last week’s game and I thought the build-up was slow, particularly in the first half, and the players were still taking the easy option. We’ve got to work really hard mentally to put that right and everyone needs to be positive. The players have got to have a picture in their mind of what they are going to do when they’ve got the ball and those off the ball have to give the players on the ball some options.

“That’s what has let us down at times. The quality is there and again the training is outstanding as always, but the confidence that came with the win at the end of last week will do the players the world of good.

“We’ve obviously got an away game and three out of the next four are away from home, so the challenge is now to turn that away results around."

Coming into the game off the back of a 3-3 draw against high-flying Gillingham and four successive draws since new manager David Dunn has gone in, the Iron boss is under no illusions that it will be another tough encounter.

“We’re in a good place but we know Oldham is tough to go to,” he continued.

“They’ve drawn eight of their eleven games and won one, so they’re hard to beat and they’re not struggling for form – they’re just struggling for wins at the moment. We’ve got to make sure that we are not one of those casualties and we want to improve our points haul.

“They’ve allowed the new manager one or two players in to change a few things. It’s early days for David and there are some really good players there. I know Danny Philliskirk really well as I had him at Coventry City for a short time. He’s a nice lad and a good player.

“This is my hometown. I was brought up and raised there so going back there is always nice and it’s one where I would like to go and get the three points.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Joe Lolley and Luke Daniels on The Iron PlayerHD.

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