Andy Taylor was delighted to be back from injury and get his season off and running for the 2018/19 campaign.
Taylor missed the first three games through a problem he picked up in training, but thankfully for the left-back it wasn’t as serious as first thought.
“It was a frustrating one really getting injured the day before the season opener and my home debut but, we've got there in the end.” Taylor said.
“It's still one of them that you’ve got to manage a little because we thought it was a break at first but it’s just bad bone bruising which will be sore for a while.”
Taylor was thrown straight into the deep end with the games against Macclesfield Town and Yeovil Town coming thick and fast.
The former Blackburn Rovers trainee was pleased with the way the team played in picking up four points from the two fixtures.
“Obviously it made it all the more sweeter picking up a win on my debut, especially a home debut.” He commented.
“We followed it up with a decent away point and they were coming back off a real high of putting Notts County to the cleaners, so we knew they’d be confident and looking for the win.
“I thought we did really well in counteracting their game plan and in the end, we possibly had a couple of chances to nick all three points.”
Latics have a real mixture of youth and experience within the ranks and Taylor believes any knowledge he can pass on will benefit the younger players and feels an extra responsibility.
“I think it’s something I’ve felt for a few years because I was captain at my previous club, so you naturally have it then.
“As soon as you start getting into those latter years you feel an extra sense of needing to not only make sure you’re on your game but then help others out on theirs.”
Oldham travel to the Globe Arena to take on Morecambe this Saturday and Taylor isn’t taking The Shrimps for granted.
“Last year they did fantastically well to stay in the league and it’s been well documented there’s been issues of the pitch there.
“But, I think they’re one of them clubs with all those issues that brings them closer together and they’re all fighting and scrapping for each other which is a difficult thing to play against.”
Taylor was also pleasantly surprised to hear that there is set to be over 1,700 Latics fans making the trip to support the team.
“I didn’t realise that was the case but that’s brilliant and it always helps when you’ve got a fanbase behind you in them moments in the game when there might be a little bit of a tough spell and the crowd kick in, it definitely gives you a pick up.”