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Embleton: Latics a tough opponent

5 April 2016

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ROSS Embleton believes that Oldham Athletic will make life difficult for the Town this evening when the two sides face each at Boundary Park.

Speaking to the media before the clash, Town's first team coach began by saying that he did not expect any imminent recoveries from injury

"Jon (Obika) has been out on the pitch with us today so we're a lot closer to seeing Jon back in the group and in the team. I know that during Nathan (Thompson's) extended period out of the team he went away and sometimes for the injured players people forget psychologically, how tough a test it is for them to manage day-in and day-out on the running machine and not really doing the bit that they want to do.

"A real big part of that rehab programme is a change of scenery. Yaser (Kasim) has spent a lot of time in Swindon working closely with the physio and a bit of time in London so he’s gone abroad for a few days just to try and break up that day-to-day recovery.

"(Lawrence Vigouroux) has gone back to Liverpool and they’ve been assessing him. They’ve got a huge department in terms of making players fit and available to play again. He's been back at Liverpool for the past few days and hopefully over the next few days we’ll know a bit more."

Embleton then turned his attention to tonight's meeting with Oldham.

"We've looked at what they do," he said. "There are a couple of tweaks in the way they’ve played and adjusted. Since John Sheridan has been there it appears his focus has been on making them harder to beat and harder to play against so we expect them to be very hard-working and committed to the cause. They’ve had a bit of an upturn in form and they look a stronger outfit now so I expect it to be a tough game and for them to make it difficult for us.

"The biggest thing is making the boys aware of it (the pitch at Boundary Park). It's another thing we’ve got to get over if we’re to come away with the three points."

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