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Players Sum Up Season Following Rochdale Draw

24 April 2017

Following the conclusion of Saturday’s game against Rochdale, Latics PlayerHD ventured onto the pitch to speak to the players about the season.

We spoke to a number of players and here are what they had to say.

Striker Aaron Amadi-Holloway said: “It’s a great feeling, the fans have been terrific all season, especially since I’ve been here so I’d like to give them a massive thank you. 

"The players have done well also so it’s a great feeling. 

"All we needed was the draw. We wanted the win but we got the draw which was enough, they are a good team so I’m happy with the draw.”

Latics have one more game to play next weekend but he admitted: "We are still up for it. It hasn’t finished yet. 

“We are going to try and get a win against AFC Wimbledon next week, finish on a high and then enjoy the summer.”

Captain Peter Clarke added: "The fans have stuck with us, it’s not always been pretty and what we would have liked but we have got there in the end which was the main objective. 

"They have been absolutely fantastic. Now we know we are safe, we are hopefully going to build, progress and move forward so we hope they stick with us like they have this season.”

Clarke netted the equaliser against Rochdale on Saturday and it was a fitting moment for the captain to score the goal to secure survival.

“It was nice to get on the end of it, nice to get over the line and we’ve come a long way in a short space of time to get where we are and we are delighted,” he said.

Goalkeeper Connor Ripley summed up his emotions at the full time whistle: “It’s bittersweet for me,” he admitted. 

"Ultimately I wanted the clean sheet but it was a good goal by them. I’m really pleased for the lads and the club for staying up.

"I will strive to equal the record. There is one more game to go so hopefully I get the clean sheet.

“If we get the three points and I get the clean sheet then I’ll be swinging my top around Wimbledon next week!”

The shot stopper reserved the final word to the supporters.

He said: “The fans have been brilliant with me since I’ve got here so hopefully I’ve repaid them with all the faith they have put in me so I’m dead chuffed.”

Winger Ryan McLaughlin also spoke of his emotions after the game: “We were rock bottom at one stage this season so to get out of it with a game to go is a huge relief,” he commented. 

“We feel like we do have a good enough squad to compete at the other end of the table but that is our main objective next season.

"We are looking forward to next season. We don’t to be down the bottom end, we want to be fighting near the top so that’s what our objective will be.”

There is still a game remaining and McLaughlin does not want to take his foot off the pedal just yet.

“We have one more game left and we need to be professional about it,” he said. “We need to put in a good performance for the fans who travel down there and spend their money. 

“We have a couple of days to wind down but we will go again next week and then the summer starts.”

Watch all the interviews in full on Latics PlayerHD. 

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