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O’Grady Happy To Contribute Wherever He Can

3 December 2018

Goalscorer Chris O’Grady was pleased to progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after overcoming Maidstone United 0-2 on Saturday.

O’Grady scored a superb second for Latics, having turned defender Will De Havilland brilliantly before slotting the ball home.

Although he hasn’t started the past few games for Oldham, O’Grady says he’s happy to do his part for the team even if he doesn’t get on the scoresheet.

“Any chance I get to play I just want to contribute, I just want to do anything I can.” He said.

“If we had won today and I didn't score I wouldn't have been bothered, so I'm just happy to play and contribute where I can.”

Latics had to come up against some obstacles on Saturday, most notably the artificial surface, but O’Grady says he enjoyed the experience and the team put in a great performance to get the win.

“It was very pleasing because it was a typical place where an upset could happen.” He commented.

“We did a good job in the first half to get ahead and in the second half we dealt with the long balls thrown at us and finished the game off.

“It's the first artificial pitch I've played on in my career, so it was something to get used to very quickly and overall it didn't prove to be too bad.

“I wouldn't fancy it every week, but it was ok and we got the win which is what matters.”

Latics made it six unbeaten in all competitions after Saturday’s win and O’Grady says these wins will only raise the confidence within the squad ahead of future fixtures.

“Winning just breathes confidence so the more games we win makes us believe we can win the next one.

“We've been taking that into our league form recently and it's about seeing where we can get to and what we can achieve in the second half of the year.”

He also says he would like a big club away in the third round as a reward for the team and he believes it would be a good insight to how far the squad have come this season.

“I think everyone wants a big club away, I think I'd like that myself.

“Normally I'd like another easier tie, so we can progress, but I've not played against a real big club whilst playing in the lower leagues, so it would be nice to experience that.

“We'd also get to see how much we could achieve against a big club, so that's the ideal scenario.”

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