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Chris Doig Pre Oldham Athletic

19 January 2017

Assistant Manager looks ahead to Latics clash

Shrewsbury Town will be looking to get back to back home wins for the first time this season as they take on Oldham Athletic in League One.

Both sides were victorious last time out as Town beat high flying Bradford and Oldham saw off Gillingham.

Town Assistant Manager Chris Doig spoke to the Press before they game and admitted his was pleased by how the group was coming together.

“In fairness training’s been as it always has”, Doig told the Press.

“There’s been a good attitude to it, they’ve worked hard and the atmosphere amongst the lads seems to be getting better as every week passes by.

“It’s a very small group at the minute as we know, but the lads seem to be gelling really well, the new lads have settled really well and there’s a good atmosphere and a good spirit amongst them.”

Oldham currently sit 23rd in League One, three points behind Town, but they have one of the best defensive records in the league and Chris is expecting a difficult game.

“All the games are important when you are in the position we are”, Chris said.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, every game is important and we need to pick up points as quickly as we can. I know you can say that playing teams at the top are harder games, but if anything I find playing teams at the bottom harder because they're scrapping for every point like we are.

“We are well aware of how difficult Saturday is going to be. They’ve obviously got a new manager in place and they got a fantastic win there last weekend, so they will be coming into it with as much confidence we have.

“It might not be a pretty game, but there’s a lot at stake really. It won’t define the season whatever way it goes, but it’s obviously a game we are looking to win.”

Chris has been pleased with the players efforts since him and Paul have come in and he’s hoping they can keep the good home record going on Saturday.

“I think our record has been okay at home”, said Chris.

“Whoever we’ve played we’ve gone about our business in a positive way, apart from the Fleetwood game at home, but the other games have been pretty positive. We’ve got to try and maintain that because home form could be key to us staying in the league.

“There’s obviously been a couple of games where the players haven’t played to the level that we’ve wanted, that is going to happen, but in fairness they’ve given us everything in training and games since we’ve come in, so we can’t ask for anymore, we just want them to continue that.”

Doig also confirmed that Town's injury woes continue as Louis Dodds and Adam El-Abd look set to miss out after suffering injuries last weekend. Jack Grimmer and Olly Lancashire have returned to training, but AJ Leitch-Smith and Ryan McGivern also remain on the sidelines.

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