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McEleney: “I Need To Start Producing”

6 April 2018

Oldham Athletic midfielder Patrick McEleney is looking to make an impact in the final eight games of the season.

The Northern-Irishman who signed in January made his first start for the club against Blackpool on Monday after an injury kept him on the sidelines for around two months.

The 24-year-old has also featured off the bench three times and made a promising start to his Latics career when he came on and scored on his debut in the 0-2 win at Scunthorpe United.

After hitting the ground running he admitted that his lengthy injury was a major frustration for him.

“I’m feeling better now,” McEleney said.

“I played 75 minutes [against Blackpool] and feel a bit better from it but I’m still a bit away in my own head from where I expect to be but it’s just progress.

“I was happy to get out there and see what it was like, I think it’s more physical but you get used to it.

“I think there’s no time just for me to sit back and see how it goes we’re in a position where I need to start producing with maybe goals and assists.

“I know that myself, there’s no real time so my first thing is to get into the team because I want to play and every game is a massive game so I want to be involved in it.

“I’ve said it before we’re far too good to be where we are especially with the footballers we have in the team.

“It’s down to hard work now from here to the end.”

This weekend Oldham take on Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The hosts have recently changed their manager but are still yet to win under Karl Robinson.

“We don’t really think about that,” said McEleney.

“Obviously they’ve got a new manager and he’s probably trying to stamp his own thing on it, that may take time who knows but we’re just focusing on ourselves.

“It’s a big game again, every game is huge now so we’ll look forward to getting down their and seeing what we can do.”

Oldham Athletic take on Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, April 7, 3pm kick off.


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