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Power: Toughest Away Fixture

30 October 2015

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LEE Power believes that Town will face their toughest away fixture of the season on Saturday when they travel to Wigan Athletic.

Swindon’s caretaker manager added that the team need to take the positive feeling from last weekend’s draw with Coventry City into tomorrow’s clash with the Latics.

“They (Wigan) were one of the favourites before the season started to get promoted and I haven’t seen anything to tell me any different,” he said. “They’re a strong team, a good team - when you look at the start of the season and what’s probably going to be your toughest away fixture, it was going to be Wigan away. You can see by their current form that that is still the case.

“What was lovely was the reaction of the supporters (against Coventry). We’re second from bottom and they don’t want to see their team down there. Things haven't been great with no manager and so on, so they could have easily turned but at 2-0 the crowd appreciated that we’re trying to get back to our normal ways. I think they were a big help in us getting back to draw 2-2 and it felt like a victory in the end. It gave everyone a positive feeling and we just need to carry that on, on Saturday.”

Power revealed that Fabien Robert, who made a return to the team last weekend, would be a doubt for tomorrow.

“Robert has been struggling with a temperature so we’re not sure about him,” he said. “We’ll have to look at him tomorrow (Friday). These things happen – Jermaine (Hylton) is fine, (Jon) Obika trained all week and Louis Thompson (too) so we’re hoping to have some names back. The difficulty if you bring them back straight away like with Jon Obika last Saturday, is that they could do with an extra couple of weeks to make sure they’re 100% so we’ll just have to make a decision on Saturday.”

On long-term absentees Kevin Stewart, Jordan Williams, Wes Thomas and Nathan Thompson he added: “They’re still long term and we don’t see them becoming available for the foreseeable future.”

Finally, the chairman/caretaker manager declared that he was hoping to be in a position to appoint a new full-time manager over the next few days: “I’ve spoken to the people I need to speak to and hopefully we’ll be in a position to make an announcement on Monday or Tuesday.”

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