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Pogliacomi Backing Ripley To Break Record

17 March 2017

Former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper, Les Pogliacomi is hoping Connor Ripley breaks his clean sheet record.

The Australian racked up 18 league clean sheets and 19 in all competitions in 2002/03.

The record breaking season was also the number one’s first in England.

He’s put the achievement down to the team: “For me, it was the best year of my career, the best I’ve ever played that’s for sure.

“We had Clint Hill at the back, Fitz Hall, Chris Armstrong who went on to decent things, Clint had broken his leg at some point and Will Haining came in and did a brilliant job, and then Lee Duxbury used to step in there. 

“We just had a brilliant, brilliant defence, plus we had a coach that had us so well drilled, everyone knew their job defensively. It was a pretty special defensive unit, and that’s why it was achieved, it wasn’t just me.”

Latics’ current goalkeeper, Connor Ripley is on 15 league clean sheets and has 16 in all competitions so far, with eight games to play. 

Pogliacomi is hoping the 24-year-old breaks his record: “I did see the articles and that the clean sheet record is there for the taking. Records are meant to be broken, if it means Oldham survive and stay up I’ll be happy, if he keeps all these clean sheets and helps the club hold it’s league one status I’ll be happy for him and the club. 

“He’s keeping plenty of clean sheets so his confidence is there and I think John’s a good man manager and he knows how to get the best out of players so my advice would be to keep doing what you're doing. 

“Whatever he’s done all season, whatever focus he's had has been good enough to give him good performances so he doesn’t need my advice, he’s in the moment.”